Via CBC New British Columbia: Drug overdose deaths in B.C. drop in February. Excerpt:
The number of drug overdose deaths in B.C. dropped slightly in February compared to the previous month, but two particular regions of the province still saw an increase in fatalities.
New numbers from the BC Coroners Service show that 102 people died of a suspected overdose last month.
That amounts to an average of more than three deaths every day.
That number is also down from December, a month that saw a record-breaking 142 overdose-related deaths.
Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said there's still a long way to go.
"While I'm very relieved to see that the numbers have not continued to increase over the last two months, we are still losing cherished members of our communities at a terrible rate."
She noted that despite the recent monthly drop in deaths, the number is still up nearly 73 per cent from the same month last year.
Of the February deaths:
• Men accounted for just over 83 per cent.
• Individuals age 30-49 accounted for over half (53 per cent) of the deaths.
• Vancouver, Surrey and Kelowna are the top locations for fatalities.
• None occurred at supervised consumption sites.
• Nearly 90 per cent of deaths happened inside, whether that be at a home or another building.
The Vancouver Island and Northern Health Authorities saw the number of deaths increase in their regions last month, according to the statement.