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Overdose fatalities reach new high in B.C. (Dr. Perry Kendall, BCCSU)

Police and firefighters attend to an overdose call on the Downtown Eastside (Photo credit: Vancouver Is Awesome)

Four months of back-to back increases as crisis in fifth year

B.C. has recorded another record month of drug-use fatalities – 175 in June compared with 171 in May.

The province has seen four months of back-to-back increases in deaths, “leaving behind grief and frustration while this public health emergency carries on into its fifth year,” B.C. Coroners Service chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said.

There have been 728 illicit drug deaths at the year’s halfway point. 

Former provincial health officer and now co-interim executive director at the BC Centre on Substance Use Dr. Perry Kendall reiterated the need for change in the way drug addiction is handled.

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