Fentanyl continues to drive B.C. overdose spike: coroners service (Dr. Michael Krausz)

The synthetic opioid fentanyl is driving a massive increase in overdose deaths in British Columbia and men are dying in droves, according to a report from the B.C. Coroners Service.

More than 83 per cent of the victims in the first three months of this year were men.

The death rate for men appears to be higher than the proportion of men in the opioid addict population which ranges from 65 to 80 per cent, according to Michael Krausz, a psychiatrist and UBC-Providence leadership chair for addiction research.

Randy Shore reports

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