BC Coroners Service reports more than 1100 overdose deaths


On Thursday, the service said there were 80 suspected deaths in September - up 31 per cent from the same month previous year.

The BC Coroners Service says 1,103 people died in the first nine months of the year due to suspected illicit drug overdoses.

The 19 to 59 age demographic is the most affected, with 91 per cent of all deaths falling within that group.

According to the Coroners service, the top four detected drugs in overdose deaths from 2016 to 2017 were fentanyl, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

For the full B.C. Coroners Service report, go here.

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The suspected number of illicit drug overdose deaths for the year to date is now 1,103, up from 607 at this time in 2016.

So far in 2017, fentanyl has been detected in 25 overdose deaths in Kamloops. Overdose deaths linked specifically to fentanyl have consistently, albeit marginally, decreased in Vancouver Coastal Health since May - 27 that month, 26 in June, 24 in July and August and 21 in September.

The BC Coroners Service has released the latest statistics on overdose deaths as the opioid crisis continues to claim thousands of lives.

No deaths are reported to have occurred at any supervised consumption site or a drug overdose prevention site.