One hundred and twenty-seven people died of illicit drug overdoses in B.C. in September, according to the latest figures from the coroner.
While this number remains high and is a 112-per-cent increase over the same period last year, it’s 15 per cent lower than the month prior, when 150 people were reported to have died from a suspected overdose in the province.
More than 1,000 people in B.C. have died of an overdose so far in 2020. The number of deaths in the first eight months of this year was already higher than the total for all of 2019.
So far in 2020, 70 per cent of people who died from a drug overdose were between the ages of 30 and 59, with men accounting for 80 per cent.
Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria remain the cities with the highest number of such deaths.
None have been reported at supervised consumption or overdose prevention sites, the BC Coroners Service said in a news release Tuesday.
Last month, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry signed an order that gave more health professionals the ability to prescribe safer pharmaceutical alternatives.
-With files from Jon Azpiri