A total of 128 people died from illicit drugs in September, as the staggering number of overdose deaths in B.C. climbs to more than 1,100 this year.
Roughly four people die each day from an overdose in all corners of the province, according to updated statistics released by the BC Coroners Service Wednesday.
JUST IN: There were 128 overdose deaths across BC in September. About 4 deaths per day. Remember when it was estimated we're on track to seeing just as many deaths as last year? See numbers below. More to come. #bcpoli #Fentanyl @BlackPressMedia pic.twitter.com/qkSl515aUs— Ashley Wadhwani (@ashwadhwani) November 14, 2018
B.C. is on track to record the same or more overdose deaths as last year, which was the worst in Canadian history. In 2017, an average of 120 people died each month. In the first three-quarters of 2018, an average of 127 people died each month.
Vancouver continues to be the city hit hardest, with 297 deaths, followed by 162 deaths in Surrey and 74 in Victoria.
So far this year, 63 per cent of all deaths have occurred in the Lower Mainland.
The most prevalent drug detected through autopsies was illicit fentanyl in 94 per cent of all deaths, followed by cocaine at just under 50 per cent, and methamphetamine at about 32 per cent.