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June showing increase in drug overdoses for the province

June showing increase in drug overdoses for the province

The Province of B.C continues to see more drug overdoses.

The number of overdose deaths in the province up 88% compared to the same time last year.

Data shows there were 111 suspected drug overdose deaths in June alone, an average of 3.7 a day.

This increases the number of deaths for the year to date at 780, up from 414 at this time in 2016.

This shows almost three-quarters of all illicit drug deaths involved people between the ages of 30-59 years old, four of five who died were male.

Those who are in the company of someone who has used drugs should note that heavy snoring and the inability to be awakened are signs of the respiratory distress caused by an overdose.

911 should be called immediately if these symptoms are present. It is important to note that new federal legislation provides immunity from simple possession charges for those who call 911.

The updated report on illicit drug deaths can be found here.

The updated report on deaths in which fentanyl was detected can be found here.

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