Drug overdoses have claimed 11 lives in Northeast B.C. so far this year

Eleven people died of a fatal drug overdose in Northeast B.C. in the first eight months of 2019, with fentanyl detected in all but two of them, according to the latest data from the provincial coroner.

The region continues to see a small trend downward year-over-year alongside the province, which has seen 690 fatal illicit drug overdoses, down 33%.

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There have been 47 fatal overdoses overall in Northern B.C. so far in 2019, with 20 in Prince George, 11 in the Northwest, and five more elsewhere in the Northern Interior. Fentanyl was detected in 36 of those deaths, including nine of the 11 deaths in the Northeast.

In the first six months of 2018, there were 12 fatal overdoses in the Northeast.

The Coroners Service says fentanyl was detected in more than 85% of the illicit drug deaths in both 2018 and 2019.

Males are still the overwhelming casualty and account for 77% of all suspected illicit drug deaths this year.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca. 

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