Deaths from overdoses since January reaches 371
New numbers tonight from the BC coroner’s service show the rate of fatal drug overdoses is accelerating across the province.
The total number of overdose deaths for June 2016 was 56.
That’s an increase from 43 in May 2016.
A total of 371 overdose deaths have been reported from January to June 2016.
The most recent fentanyl-related overdose numbers show a decrease from 46 overdose deaths in April 2016 to 27 in May 2016.
A total of 188 fentanyl-related overdose deaths have been reported from January to May 2016.
Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall declared a state of emergency in April 2016 in response to the rising number of overdose deaths in B.C.
Since that time, Dr. Kendall and chief medical health officers have been working with health authorities, emergency room staff, first responders and the B.C. Coroners’ Service
to prevent future overdoses.