Loading articles...

BC Coroners Service urges caution despite decrease in overdose deaths

Last Updated Dec 5, 2019 at 1:43 pm PDT

FILE - The overdose-reversal drug Narcan is displayed during training for employees of the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Philadelphia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Matt Rourke
Summary

Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe says the decreased number of overdose deaths in B.C. is promising

Lapointe says it's still important to continue to focus on the crisis of unsafe supply

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –┬áThe BC Coroners Service continues to urge caution due to an unpredictable, toxic illicit drug supply despite fewer overdose deaths in the province this year.

The coroners service reports that there were 69 suspected drug toxicity deaths in October, a 42 per cent decrease from the number of deaths that occurred in October 2018.

The 57 suspected drug toxicity deaths in September 2019 represent a 58 per cent decrease from the number of deaths that occurred in
September 2018.

Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe says it’s a promising trend but it’s important to continue to focus on the crisis of unsafe supply and meaningful measures to reduce the risks.