The number of deaths from illicit drug overdoses continues to rise
Some 176 British Columbians died of illicit drug overdoses in April, bringing 2021’s death toll so far to 680 people.
The month is the most fatal for such deaths since the opioid crisis began.
April marks the twentieth consecutive month where more than 100 people have died, or 5.9 people per day. The death toll is a 43% increase over the number of deaths reported in April 2020 and a 10% increase over the 160 deaths in March.
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Feature image: Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health authorities accounted for 61% of suspected illicit drug toxicity deaths in British Columbia in 2021Dan Toulgoet