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206 toxic drug deaths for BC in April

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 18 May, 2023 12:52 PM
  • 206 toxic drug deaths for BC in April

The B-C Coroners Service says toxic illicit drugs killed 206 people last month, raising the number of overdose deaths so far this year to 814.

Premier David Eby says the latest numbers are "profoundly troubling" and the government's aims of helping people get addiction treatment are up against the spectre of deadly illicit drugs circulating in communities.

Elenore Sturko, Opposition B-C United mental health and addictions critic, says she wants the government to release more data about its drug supply and addiction treatment policies to help show what does and doesn't work. 

The Coroners Service report says fentanyl is present in about eight of every 10 deaths, almost always in combination with other substances.

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