Number of deadly overdoses in B.C passes 1,100 for 2017

The BC Coroners Service says more than 1,100 British Columbians died due to a suspected illicit drug overdose in the first nine months of the year, with most happening in the days immediately following welfare payments.

On Thursday, the service said there were 80 suspected deaths in September — up 31 per cent from the same month last year. 

That brings the total for the year up to 1,103, far surpassing the 981 in all of 2016.

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