128 more illicit drug deaths in B.C. in November, 755 deaths this year

The highest number of overdose deaths this year have occurred in Vancouver, Surrey, and Victoria.

A total of 128 total people died from illicit drug overdose deaths in November – the highest monthly death total in 2016.

The newest stats brings the year-to-date death toll to 755 people this year, compared to 443 in the same time period in 2015.

The highest number of overdose deaths this year have occurred in Vancouver with 164 deaths, Surrey with 92 deaths, and Victoria with 64 deaths. The government has implemented overdose prevention sites in all three cities.

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said 80 per cent of deaths in November occurred inside.

Fentanyl was detected in 374 deaths this year, or about 60 per cent. This is triple the amount from same time period last year.

Lapointe acknowledged the efforts of emergency responders on the front lines.

To continue combating the increasing death toll, Lapointe said it’s crucial for those using drugs to be able to access help without effects of negative stigmas, judgement, and risk of loss of employment.

She said drugs should not be used alone, Nalaxone should be on hand, and suggested using safe injection sites or overdose prevention sites.

Looking ahead, Lapointe said December so far is looking like a “bad month.”


@ashwadhwaniashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.caLike us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Gambler 500 hits Okanagan back roads

Hundreds of off road enthusiasts are rallying in the South Okanagan this… Continue reading

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Sun and heat continue Saturday

Environment Canada forecasts highs of 30 C throughout the Okanagan Saturday

Princeton one of 16 new heat records set across B.C.

June 12 saw century-old temperature records fall

Penticton massage therapist accused of sexual misconduct

Leonard Krekic filed a court challenge that states chaperone is a detriment to career

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: mainly sunny

Environment Canada calling for sun again tomorrow across the Okanagan

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Vernon seeks additional fetal alcohol syndrome support B.C.-wide

“We are making a difference but we could make even more of a difference”

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Jury finds Kelowna man guilty of second-degree murder

A Kelowna jury found Steven Randy Pirko guilty of the second-degree murder

Most Read