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Fentanyl deaths increasing

Fentanyl deaths increasing

Fentanyl has been one of the more deadly drugs on the street for the past few years.

Now, Fentanyl has been detected in more than four of every five illicit-drug overdose deaths in BC through the first 7 months of the year.

From January through July 706 of the 876 suspected illegal drug deaths had fentanyl detected.

The suspected number of deaths for the year-to-date is now 876, up from 482 at this time in 2016, an increase of 82% from the same period in 2016.

“In the majority of the deaths we’re investigating, we’re seeing fentanyl detected with other drugs. This presents huge challenges for those using illicit drugs and the risk is high,” said chief coroner Lisa Lapointe.

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