Overdose deaths are shrinking in B.C. but a powerful drug becomes more common

VICTORIA — The latest update for illicit drug deaths in British Columbia shows a downward trend for the first five months of this year.

The BC Coroners Service says 84 people died in May, compared with 116 the year before.

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Overall, 462 illicit drug toxicity deaths have been recorded so far this year, down 30 per cent from the same period in 2018.

The coroner says two-thirds of those who died are people aged between 30 and 59, and males account for almost four of five of the deaths.

The powerful opioid carfentanil, a drug experts say is 100 times stronger than fentanyl, was found in one-quarter of the fentanyl-detected deaths.

The coroner says no deaths have been reported at supervised consumption or overdose prevention sites in the province.

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