The official number of illicit drug deaths in the province are in from British Columbia’s Coroner’s Service and they’re not what you might think.
The amount of drug related deaths in BC are the lowest they’ve been in four years and this is a surprise to many.
A total of 981 deaths were recorded in 2019, the first time the total has been under 1,000 since 2017. With the townships of Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria and Abbotsford experiencing the highest number of illicit drug toxicity deaths.
Retired Vancouver police officer, Greg McCaffrey who spent almost 30 years serving the downtown east side is familiar with the overdose crisis and warns that even thought this year’s numbers are positive, they could take a turn at any moment.