More than 460 people have died of a drug overdose in B.C. in the first five months of 2019, seven of them in the Northeast.
Overdose deaths are down 30% from 651 across the province year-over-year, according to B.C. Coroner's Service data released Thursday. Fatal overdoses are down by 25% so far year-over-year in the Northeast.
There were 25 fatal overdoses overall in Northern B.C., with nine in Prince George, seven in the Northwest, and two more elsewhere in the Northern Interior. Fentanyl was detected in 20 of the deaths, including six of the deaths in the Northeast.
Across the province, fentanyl was detected in 383 of the 462 overdoses. The powerful opioid carfentanil, a drug experts say is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, was found in one-quarter of the fentanyl-detected deaths.
The coroner says two-thirds of those who died are people aged between 30 and 59, and males account for almost four of five of the deaths.
— with files from the Canadian Press
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