The three municipalities that experienced the highest number of overdoses in 2018 are Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria.
The Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority made up 63% of BC’s illicit drug overdose deaths which was the highest number in the province.
The majority of the overdose deaths occurred indoors accounting for 86% of the total number this year while 13% happened outside on sidewalks, streets and parks. There were no reported deaths at supervised consumption or drug overdose prevention sites.
Illicit drug overdose deaths have increased at a faster rate between 2010 and 2017 compared to other forms of unnatural deaths in BC such as suicide, homicide and motor vehicle accidents.
With files from Sean Holden