March saw the second-highest total of suspected overdose deaths, B.C. Coroners Service (VCH)

The B.C. Coroners Service released statistics for March which show a near-record number of suspected overdose deaths in the province.

Data out Thursday says there were 161 suspected overdose deaths in March, just one shy of the highest monthly total recorded in December of 2016.

While the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health Authorities have a higher overall number of suspected deaths from illicit drugs in 2018, Vancouver Island has the second-highest overdose rate.

Andy Neal reports

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