Canada: At least 207 people died in January from illegal drugs: B.C. Coroners Service

January was the fourth consecutive month in which more than 200 people died because of the toxic illicit drug supply in B.C. Reports the Vancouver Sun

At least 207 British Columbians died from toxic illicit drugs in January, the third highest number recorded in a month, according to the latest available data from the B.C. Coroners Service Friday.

Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said as the province nears the six-year anniversary of the declaration of B.C.’s public health emergency into substance-related harms, “it is clearer than ever” that traditional approaches to substance use are hurting people and costing lives.

“I am hopeful that the recent recommendations made by the Coroners Service Drug Toxicity Death Review Panel will support the meaningful change underway in our province and an end to this tragic crisis,” said Lapointe, in a statement Friday.

January was the fourth consecutive month in which more than 200 lives were lost to the illicit drug supply in B.C., according to the coroner. The 207 deaths is the third highest recorded in a calendar month, an average of about 6.7 deaths per day.


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