Nearly four people died every day last month from an illicit drug overdose in the province.
Data from the BC Coroners Service says 120 people died in March, the third-highest death toll for a single month on record in the province.
In the north, six people overdosed in March, bringing the total to 12 for 2017.
Almost 83% of the victims in the first three months of this year were men, and those between the ages of 30 and 49 accounted for the highest number of dead.
Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe says the powerful opioid fentanyl appears to account for the large increase in overdose deaths since 2012, because overdoses where fentanyl isn’t detected have remained relatively stable.
(With with files from The Canadian Press)