Overdose Fatalities

It has been a week since B.C.’s chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, said, “The number of people dying in B.C. due to an unsafe drug supply continues to surpass deaths due to homicides, motor vehicle accidents, suicide and COVID-19 combined.”

As of July 31, this year’s number for overdose fatalities in British Columbia was 909. (COVID took away 195 lives during the same time period.)

There have been 92 overdose fatalities in Southern Vancouver Island so far this year. Victoria has the second highest number of drug overdose deaths in the province. 

Photo credit: Two syringes, powder and spoon on old wooden background by March Verch via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)

What has this to do with Us?

There were also 18 deaths in North Island.

While there are no statistics available, there have been a number of drug related emergency calls in both Campbell River and Quadra Island. It is not known how many of these ended in fatalities. 

Cortes Island Regional Director Noba Anderson said, “We are not immune from this. Many people either knew a victim, or know someone whose life has been impacted by a drug overdose fatality.” 

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Top photo credit: Drug Overdose And Prevention Vigil by Maryland GovPics via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)

This is a Cortes Currents news update, broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM and funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative