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More drug overdose deaths in Coquitlam

10 November 2017, 07:21 | Lena Norman

33 people have died of illicit drug overdose in Kamloops this year

Number of overdose deaths in BC this year eclipses 1100

The preliminary data shows there were 80 suspected drug overdose deaths in September, which is a 31 per cent increase compared to the same month in 2016. That's 28 fewer than in July, the second lowest month this year. The province is already on track to record at least 500 more than a year ago.

Coquitlam is one of many cities noted for drug overdose deaths in the most recent report but no numbers are reported for Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

That's also according to an update from the BC Coroners Service, who are reporting more than 1,100 people dying of overdose in 2017 thus far.

About three out of four deaths involved people between the ages of 30 and 59 and four out of five deaths were men.

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The service adds Vancouver Coastal Health has the highest rate of illicit drug overdose deaths among all health authorities in the province.

So far in 2017, fentanyl has been detected in 25 overdose deaths in Kamloops.

Nine out of 10 overdose deaths occurred inside and just under two-thirds of those occurred in private residences.

The coroners' statistics found more fatal overdoses happened on Wednesdays and Fridays, the days after income assistance was paid out.

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