The BC Coroners Service says the number illicit drug overdoses in this province continues to skyrocket.
The latest numbers show 371 overdose deaths in the first half of the year, a 74 percent increase compared to the same period in 2015.
The number of fatal overdoses involving the the presence of fentanyl is also up substantially, about 60 percent of the deaths showed the drug’s presence in toxicology tests.
Stats show that fentanyl-detected deaths are now occurring regularly throughout the province rather than just concentrated in the lower mainland.
Prince Rupert has had five fatal overdoses so far this year while Terrace has recorded two.
The Coroners service is urging illicit drug users to exercise extreme caution and to call 911 if someone appears to be overdosing.