B.C.’s chief coroner is ready to launch the province’s newest overdose numbers Thursday.
It’s a public well being disaster that’s solely been exacerbated by the pandemic, with the native drug provide extra poisonous than ever earlier than.
Within the first 9 months of 2021, 1,534 folks have died of illicit drug overdoses in B.C., which is the very best variety of these deaths the province has ever seen in that point interval.
On Thursday morning, the October deaths can be added to that complete.
The present dying toll is 24 per cent increased than it was this time final 12 months.
In September alone, 152 folks died, marking the 12th consecutive month through which a minimum of 150 folks died as a consequence of poisonous illicit medicine.
The common is now 170 deaths monthly.
B.C. first declared a public well being emergency in 2016.
The dying fee has practically doubled since then, sitting at 39.four deaths per 100,000 residents. Greater than 70 per cent of deaths are between these aged 30 and 59 and most have been amongst males.
Fentanyl and its analogues have been detected in 84 per cent of all illicit drug deaths this 12 months.
The province lately utilized to the federal authorities to decriminalize possession of laborious medicine for private use.
The coroner’s report comes out Thursday morning and the coroner is scheduled to talk shortly after at 9 a.m.
Minister of Psychological Well being and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson will reply to the report throughout a press convention at 10 a.m.
With recordsdata from CTV Vancouver’s Kendra Mangione