The north saw an increase in illicit drug deaths last month.
The BC Coroners Service say five happened in February, compared to one in January. It brings 2017’s total to six.
Province wise, the number of deaths decreased slightly for the second month in a row.
The Coroners Service says there were 102 suspected overdose deaths last month — down slightly from 117 deaths in January, which has three more days than the shortest month of the year.
Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe says while she’s relieved to see the numbers have not continued to increase over the last two months, people are still dying at what she describes as “a terrible rate.”
Officials say 52 deaths have happened in the northern region since February.