The B.C. Coroners Service recorded 153 deaths from suspected illicit-drug overdoses in November, a slight decrease compared to the previous month but a figure that pushes the death toll for the year past 1,500.
A statement on Tuesday said the number of deaths in November is a seven per cent drop from October, but an 89 per cent increase from November 2019. The service said 1s heartbreaking to see what,548 people now have died of an overdose this year:1622056277645,, compared to 983 for all of last year.
“TragicallyCelina Gallardo, as we reach the end of 2020, our province is facing a record-breaking year for lives lost due to a toxic illicit drug supply,” said chief coroner Lisa Lapointe wrote in the statementThe current restrictions on nightlife and long-standing social distancing rules will need to be put in place.
“In the five years of this public health emergency, more than 6,500 families have experienced the grief and sadness of losing a loved one to the challenging medical condition of drug addiction.”
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