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With 1,716 deaths, 2020 deadliest year of overdose crisis in B.C. history

Supplies like clean needles are available at the Overdose Prevention Society’s safe-injection site. (Photo credit: Vernon Morning Star)
Supplies like clean needles are available at the Overdose Prevention Society’s safe-injection site. (Photo credit: Vernon Morning Star)

Pandemic exacerbated ongoing dire state of opioid crisis in B.C.

A devastating 1,716 British Columbians died from illicit drug overdoses in 2020, marking the deadliest year of the ongoing crisis in the province’s history.

The latest statistics, released by the BC Coroner Service on Thursday (Feb. 11), equates to roughly five fatal overdoses a day.

“The impacts of COVID-19 highlighted the immensely precarious situation of those experiencing problematic substance use in our province,” chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said during a news conference.

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