Overdose deaths down in January 2019

A 31% decrease in illicit drug overdose deaths was reported compared with January 2018

The BC Coroners Service has released two updated reports on illicit drug overdose deaths and fentanyl-detected deaths to the end of January 2019.

There were 90 suspected drug overdose deaths across the province in January 2019. This is a 31 per cent decrease over the number of deaths occurring in January 2018 (130), and a 22 per cent decrease over the number of deaths occurring in December 2018 (116). The number of illicit drug overdose deaths in January 2019 equates to about 2.9 deaths per day.

In January 2019, 76 per cent of those dying were aged 30 to 59; individuals aged 19–59 have accounted for 88 per cent of illicit drug overdose deaths. Males accounted for 83 per cent of all suspected illicit drug overdose deaths over the same period.

Interior Health recorded 11 illicit drug overdose deaths in January 2019. Three of those deaths were in the Thompson-Cariboo region, with two of them in Kamloops.

There were 1,310 illicit drug overdose deaths with fentanyl detected in 2018. This is a seven per cent increase over the number of deaths occurring in 2017 (1,223).

In January 2019, carfentanil was detected in 13 overdose deaths. By comparison, carfentanil was detected in 35 suspected illicit drug overdose deaths in all of 2018 and in 71 deaths between June 2017 (when Coroners Service testing for carfentanil began) and December 2017. Fentanyl or its analogues were detected in approximately 87 per cent of illicit drug overdose deaths in 2018, and 82 per cent of illicit drug overdose deaths in 2017.

There were no deaths at supervised consumption or drug overdose prevention sites.



editorial@accjournal.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Graffiti Days 2019 a huge success

Hundreds of cars and spectators — including a History channel TV personality — turned out for the event

Bus company fears for future if another licence issued for Interior routes

Adventure Charters waiting to see if Ebus BC is approved for Prince George-Kamloops run

Sea Cadets wind up another year with Ceremonial Review

Corps is fundraising for a trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2020

WorkBC helping break down barriers to employment

Office offers a wide range of services to help people find sustainable careers

Local News Briefs: Get garden ideas with Ashcroft tour

The Rivertown Players are back, invasive plant management, reduced tipping fees, and more

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.’s terminal in Edmonton

B.C. municipality prepares to forbid overnight camping by homeless despite court ruling

While courts have ruled against blanket bans, Langley City is employing a site-by-site approach

B.C. auditor says Indigenous grad rate highest ever but education gaps exist

The percentage of Indigenous students graduating from B.C. public high schools has hit its highest level ever

Statistics Canada reports annual pace of inflation rises in May to 2.4%

Transportation prices gained 3.1 per cent as the cost of air transportation added 8.9 per cent

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

Most Read