The newest report on illicit drug toxicity deaths in British Columbia exhibits an eight per cent rise in fatalities this September in comparison with the identical month final yr.
Following a death toll of 169 in August, the BC Coroners Service experiences 171 folks died of illicit drug toxicity the subsequent month. In September 2021,159 overdose deaths had been reported.
This September’s numbers present a development of rising death charges amongst folks aged 19-39, in addition to these 60 years and older. The Vancouver Coastal, Island and Northern well being authorities additionally noticed a rise of overdoses that month.
According to the report, there’s been a gentle enhance in drug toxicity deaths of individuals aged 50 plus over the previous six years. Thirty eight per cent of overdoses this yr have been amongst that demographic.
The report notes that “there is no indication that prescribed safe supply is contributing to illicit drug deaths.”
It additionally highlights information displaying 6.8 folks died per day following earnings help fee week, which is identical price as in August. In distinction, common days in September noticed a price of 5.4 each day deaths.
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