BC Coroners Service Releases 2017 Illicit Drug Death Numbers
The number of illicit drug deaths in B.C. continues to increase each month with December numbers the highest ever recorded in a single month in the province, according to the latest statistics from the BC Coroners Service.
Provisional data show that a total of 142 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of December, an average of nine every two days.
The December deaths bring the provisional numbers for the full year of 2016 to a total of 914, an increase of almost 80% over the number of deaths in the previous year.