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The BC Coroners Service has released its latest report of illicit drug toxicity deaths in the province, covering up to March.

Across BC in March, there were 113 suspected drug toxicity deaths. It’s the first time that the number has exceeded 100 since March 2019. The number is also a 61% increase over February 2020.

As in years past, men account for the majority of drug deaths in BC with 76% of all deaths being men.

To date, the Interior Health Authority has recorded 46 deaths in 2020. For comparison, in all of 2019, there were 139 deaths.

Broken down further, the Thompson Cariboo is reporting 17 deaths so far this year, compared with 42 in all of 2019.

The report did not provide specific statistics for Merritt.

The entire report from the coroner's service can be found -


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