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British Columbia communities large and small are suffering devastating losses as deaths from toxic drugs hit an all-time high with 2,224 people dying from drug overdoses in the province last year.

Every health authority recorded a record loss of life in 2021, with an average of six people dying every day from toxic drugs, British Columbia Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe and island communities said Wednesday. of Vancouver were no exception.

“This public health emergency has impacted families and communities across the province and shows no signs of abating,” Lapointe said in a statement.

A total of 327 people died in the island health region last year, compared to 271 deaths in 2020. The Greater Victoria region had the most deaths in 2021, where 130 people died, followed by Nanaimo with 50 deaths and the Comox Valley at 35.

Although the highest numbers of toxic drug overdoses occurred in urban centers on Vancouver Island, a number of rural communities experienced some of the highest death rates.

Port Alberni/Clayoquot Local Health Area (LHA) — where 21 people died — had the highest death rate of Island Health’s 14 LHAs, with a rate of 62 deaths per 100,000 people in 2021.

The Greater Campbell River LHA, which includes Quadra and Cortes Islands, saw 26 people die from toxic drugs, the second highest overdose death rate at 55 per 100,000 people in 2021, up from 32 in 2020.

Greater Victoria’s LHA rate was third highest at 52, while Island Health as a whole saw a death rate of nearly 38 in 2021, down from nearly 32 in 2020.

The illicit drug supply is increasingly toxic, with fentanyl detected in 83 drug samples implicated in overdose deaths, according to the coroner’s office.

However, benzodiazepines or “benzos”, a class of sedative drugs, are increasingly finding their way into the toxic drug supply, posing an additional danger as they are more resistant to naloxone, which is used to revive people who overdose, Lapointe said.

Lapointe again reiterated the urgent need for a safe and easily accessible supply of prescribed alternatives to toxic street drugs, which contain a mix of deadly and unpredictable substances.

“We need decision-makers at all levels to recognize and respond to this public health emergency with the level of urgency it demands,” Lapointe said, noting governments’ willingness to act decisively while the pandemic saved lives during this parallel public health crisis.

“We need to provide people with access to the substances they need, where and when they need them,” she said.

“Time is up for research and discussion. It’s time to take action.”

Guy Felicella, a clinical peer adviser at Vancouver Coastal Health, said each of the deaths associated with the toxic supply were preventable because authorities did not learn from their mistakes.

“Don’t change anything and nothing changes,” Felicella said. “This approach kills and continues to kill people.”

The province has called on the federal government to decriminalize personal possession of illicit drugs to reduce overdoses and the harms and stigma experienced by people who use drugs.

But New Democrat MPs on Vancouver Island are also trying to rally support for a federal private member’s bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of drugs, eliminate criminal records for similar convictions and improve access to secure supply.

The bill was introduced by Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns, who is also the NDP’s federal critic for mental health and addictions.

“The data released by the BC Coroner’s Office is absolutely staggering and heartbreaking,” Johns said in a statement Wednesday.

The federal government has failed to act on the toxic drug crisis in which 20,000 people have died since the Liberal government came to power, Johns said, adding that there was little in the new mandate of the Department of Mental Health and Additions that would suggest radical change. of cours.

“Liberals must urgently respond to this emergency, so that no more lives are lost needlessly.

North Island MP Rachel Blaney, whose riding includes the communities of Campbell River, Discovery Islands and Powell River, supports her colleague’s bill.

People who use drugs should not be treated like criminals, and the toxic drug crisis requires a health-focused approach that provides greater access to harm reduction and treatment, Blaney said in a statement Monday. .

It is clear that the current approach to dealing with the public health crisis is not working, she said.

“I walked with relatives and heard heartbreaking stories of loss in our communities,” Blaney said.

“No family should have to go through this.”

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Deaths from drug toxicity among the population aged 30 and over in British Columbia have increased by almost 50% since 2019 https://buscatox.info/deaths-from-drug-toxicity-among-the-population-aged-30-and-over-in-british-columbia-have-increased-by-almost-50-since-2019/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 19:46:32 +0000 https://buscatox.info/deaths-from-drug-toxicity-among-the-population-aged-30-and-over-in-british-columbia-have-increased-by-almost-50-since-2019/ British Columbia Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe. (Photo courtesy of BC Coroners Service) The illicit drug crisis in British Columbia has not been kind to people between the ages of 30 and 39. According to the BC Coroners Service, the number of substance abuse deaths in this demographic has almost doubled, from 274 in 2019 to […]]]>

The illicit drug crisis in British Columbia has not been kind to people between the ages of 30 and 39.

According to the BC Coroners Service, the number of substance abuse deaths in this demographic has almost doubled, from 274 in 2019 to 539 last year.

In an interview with Vista Radio, Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe noted that if this public health emergency has taught us anything, it’s that all age groups are equally vulnerable when using these substances.

“The toxic drug supply doesn’t discriminate on how much money you make or what kind of house you live in. This is an absolutely dangerous time for people who use substances and it doesn’t there really aren’t a lot of options for people who are addicted to drugs.”

“It’s just a chaotic cocktail right now because the only motivation for those creating these products is to make money. It’s not about the well-being of the people in our communities.

All age categories in our province saw an increase in overdose-related deaths in 2021 – none more so than those aged 50 to 59, who rose from 405 deaths in 2020 to 554 last year.

This age group also has the highest death rate in the province at 77.3 per 100,000 people.

British Columbia had a record 2,224 drug overdose deaths last year, including 146 at Northern Health, which was also an all-time high.

When asked if 2022 could be as bad or worse for illicit drug deaths, Lapointe said that was a distinct possibility if the status quo remained the same.

“If we continue to do the things that we have traditionally done, which is to stigmatize people, arrest them and shame them while continuing to ensure that they are dependent on a toxic supply, based solely on profit, then nothing will change and we will continue to lose. members of our community.

The coroners’ service noted that Northern Health has the second-highest drug toxicity rate among B.C.’s five health authorities, at 44.8 per 100,000 population.

Only Vancouver Coastal ranked higher with a score of 49.2.

Simply put, the impact of this public health emergency is hitting every corner of the province.

“The drug trade has been a terrible scourge in our communities. There are parts of our cities where the drug trade is free, nobody wants that and it doesn’t benefit anybody but somebody who lives somewhere in a really nice house and makes millions of dollars out of that misery added Lapointe.

A recent study by the BC Center for Disease Control examined the drug preferences of residents of the province and showed that of 621 people surveyed at harm reduction supply distribution sites, nearly 58% had a preference for heroin.

Research epidemiologist Max Ferguson noted that people in Northern Health reported the highest percentages of preference for heroin at around 81%.

However, when it comes to drug-related deaths, heroin is no longer on the black market map.

“There is virtually no heroin left in our province. Availability on the black market is very, very limited because fentanyl is much cheaper and easier for drug dealers to bring in, manufacture and distribute,” Lapointe added.

“Heroin actually comes from poppy plants and they have to be grown and they have to be harvested. Fentanyl is a lab-made chemical and I use the term lab loosely. It’s much simpler to make . »

Fentanyl was detected in 83% of samples tested in 2021. Carfentanil was present in 187 results, almost triple the number recorded in 2020 (66).

Additionally, 50% of December samples tested positive for etizolam, more than three times the detection rate in July 2020 (15%). Benzodiazepines create significant challenges for rescue efforts because naloxone does not reverse its effects.

with files from MyPGNow.com staff Brody Langager

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Northwest British Columbia saw record number of drug toxicity deaths in 2021 – Terrace Standard https://buscatox.info/northwest-british-columbia-saw-record-number-of-drug-toxicity-deaths-in-2021-terrace-standard/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://buscatox.info/northwest-british-columbia-saw-record-number-of-drug-toxicity-deaths-in-2021-terrace-standard/ Northwest British Columbia recorded one of the highest rates of deaths from illicit drug overdoses in the province in 2021, with Terrace recording the most deaths in the region. There have been 15 deaths in Terrace Local Health Area (LHA), compared to nine in Smithers, eight in Upper Skeena LHA, five in Prince Rupert and […]]]>

Northwest British Columbia recorded one of the highest rates of deaths from illicit drug overdoses in the province in 2021, with Terrace recording the most deaths in the region.

There have been 15 deaths in Terrace Local Health Area (LHA), compared to nine in Smithers, eight in Upper Skeena LHA, five in Prince Rupert and three in Kitimat, according to data released by the BC Coroners Service today. today (February 9). ).

There were 41 total deaths in the North West – a new record and more than double the 18 deaths in 2020. The region had a rate of 53.2 deaths per 100,000 population, lower than only Vancouver (72.6 ) and Thompson Cariboo at 61.1 drug toxicity deaths per 100,000.

Across the Northern Health Authority, 146 people have lost their lives to toxic substances, up from 134 in 2020 and also the highest number of deaths ever recorded.

The picture is grim across the province, with an estimated 2,224 British Columbians dying of toxic drug poisonings in 2021, marking the worst year in the province’s history in the ongoing overdose crisis.

That’s an average of six deaths a day.

Five years after then-provincial physician Dr. Perry Kendall declared British Columbia’s first public health emergency in 2016, many trends have remained the same: the majority of deaths (83%) are occurred indoors and 71% of the deceased were elderly. 30 to 59 years old and mostly men.

No deaths were reported at supervised consumption or drug overdose prevention sites.

Toxicology testing by the BC Coroners Service continues to point to the toxicity of illicitly sold drugs, the data shows. Fentanyl was detected in 83% of samples tested in 2021, while carfentanil, an opioid used to tranquilize large animals, was present in 187 results, nearly triple the number recorded in 2020.

Fifty percent of the samples in December tested positive for the benzodiazepine called etizolam, compared to 15 percent in July.

Benzodiazepines have created significant challenges for frontline workers and first responders because overdoses caused by these drugs cannot be reversed by naloxone, unlike opioid overdoses.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe called on policymakers at all levels of government to respond urgently – noting officials’ quick response to save lives due to the COVID-19 disease.

“Drug toxicity is now second only to cancers in British Columbia for potential years of life lost,” she said.

“We can’t just hope things will get better. It is high time to end the chaos and devastation in our communities resulting from the burgeoning illicit drug market and ensure, as a matter of urgency, province-wide access to a safe and reliable regulated drug supply.

In 2011, when overdose deaths were first recorded, 295 lives were lost. In 10 years, 10,817 people died.

— With files by Ashley Wadhwani

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Death rate from illicit drug toxicity increases in city and province https://buscatox.info/death-rate-from-illicit-drug-toxicity-increases-in-city-and-province/ Tue, 14 Dec 2021 21:28:37 +0000 https://buscatox.info/death-rate-from-illicit-drug-toxicity-increases-in-city-and-province/ The death rate from illicit drug toxicity in Nelson has increased over the past three years, reflecting a record increase in deaths across the province, according to the BC Coroners Service. Data rates per 100,000 person-years have fallen from 7.3 in 2019 to 27.2 so far in 2021 in Nelson, with five deaths this year […]]]>


The death rate from illicit drug toxicity in Nelson has increased over the past three years, reflecting a record increase in deaths across the province, according to the BC Coroners Service.

Data rates per 100,000 person-years have fallen from 7.3 in 2019 to 27.2 so far in 2021 in Nelson, with five deaths this year in the city alone.

In British Columbia, at least 201 people died in October – and 1,782 people in the first 10 months of 2021 – due to an “increasingly toxic and volatile supply of illicit drugs,” noted Lisa Lapointe , Chief Coroner of British Columbia.

“It’s a health crisis,” she said in a statement. “A comprehensive plan to ensure access to a secure supply for the thousands of BC residents who depend on these substances is essential. Shifting from a punitive and stigmatizing regime to a decriminalized, health-focused model is also a crucial step in reducing suffering and saving lives.

This message was echoed by Amber Streukens, peer harm reduction navigator at ANKORS, when she spoke to Nelson City Council in June about trying to turn the tide on the growing number of overdose deaths.

“A safe pharmaceutical supply of drugs that people actually use will have a serious impact on reducing overdose deaths,” she said.

Decriminalizing drugs is an essential first step in getting through the “mud,” she added, but it will not have the same impact on reducing overdose deaths.

“Not all, but many, people at risk for overdose are considered to have a diagnostic health problem. We have criminalized the substance of a health problem by criminalizing possession, which prevents people from getting help, ”she said.

A safe supply is the number one thing saving lives right now, said Tammy McLean, who ran the opioid agonist therapy clinic in Trail.

Fentanyl has been found in 85 percent of the drugs used in overdose deaths.

“We find fentanyl in all illicit drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine and other opioids,” she said.

At 27.2 (per 100,000 person-years), the city ranks just behind Castlegar (50.1) as the highest death rate on the Kootenay border, and was ranked 50th in the province. The overall overdose death rate for the Kootenay Boundary region was 32.8, with 19 people dying from drug toxicity in 2021.

October marks the first month in which 200 lives were lost to illicit drugs in British Columbia, with the 1,782 lives lost to drug toxicity between January and October, the highest number ever recorded in the country. province in one year.

Overall, 8,300 people have died from drug toxicity since the public health emergency regarding substance-related harms was declared in April 2016.

Urban areas

The impacts of the illicit drug crisis are being felt by communities across British Columbia

While the highest number of deaths continues to be recorded in urban centers such as Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria, death rates per 100,000 population are at record levels in all health authorities, including Vancouver Coastal (47 , 6), Interior (45.0) and Northern (44.8).

The overall death rate in the province is 41.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, more than double the rate recorded in 2016 (20.4).

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• 71% of people who died of suspected drug toxicity in 2021 were between 30 and 59 years old, and 79% were men.

• The number of deaths linked to the toxicity of illicit drugs in October 2021 is equivalent to approximately 6.5 deaths per day.

• By health service delivery area (HSDA), in 2021 the highest death rates were in Vancouver, Thompson Cariboo, Northwest, North Vancouver Island and Fraser East.

• By Local Health Zone (LHA), in 2021 the highest death rates were in Upper Skeena, Lillooet, Merritt, North Thompson and Enderby.

• Illicit drug toxicity deaths in British Columbia are second only to cancer in terms of years of life lost. The median age of people who died from illicit drug toxicity in 2020 was 43.

• Analysis shows no evidence that prescribed safe supplies contribute to illicit drug-related deaths.


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Illicit Drug Toxicity Death Rate Rises in City and Province-Wide https://buscatox.info/illicit-drug-toxicity-death-rate-rises-in-city-and-province-wide/ Tue, 14 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://buscatox.info/illicit-drug-toxicity-death-rate-rises-in-city-and-province-wide/ The death rate from illicit drug toxicity in Nelson has increased over the past three years, reflecting a record increase in deaths across the province, according to the BC Coroners Service. Data rates per 100,000 person-years have fallen from 7.3 in 2019 to 27.2 so far in 2021 in Nelson, with five deaths this year […]]]>

The death rate from illicit drug toxicity in Nelson has increased over the past three years, reflecting a record increase in deaths across the province, according to the BC Coroners Service.

Data rates per 100,000 person-years have fallen from 7.3 in 2019 to 27.2 so far in 2021 in Nelson, with five deaths this year in the city alone.

In British Columbia, at least 201 people died in October – and 1,782 people in the first 10 months of 2021 – due to an “increasingly toxic and volatile supply of illicit drugs,” noted Lisa Lapointe , Chief Coroner of British Columbia.

“It’s a health crisis,” she said in a statement. “A comprehensive plan to ensure access to a secure supply for the thousands of BC residents who depend on these substances is essential. Shifting from a punitive and stigmatizing regime to a decriminalized, health-focused model is also a crucial step in reducing suffering and saving lives.

This message was echoed by Amber Streukens, peer harm reduction navigator at ANKORS, when she spoke to Nelson City Council in June about trying to turn the tide on the growing number of overdose deaths.

“A safe pharmaceutical supply of drugs that people actually use will have a serious impact on reducing overdose deaths,” she said.

Decriminalizing drugs is an essential first step in getting through the “mud,” she added, but it will not have the same impact on reducing overdose deaths.

“Not all, but many, people at risk for overdose are considered to have a diagnostic health problem. We have criminalized the substance of a health problem by criminalizing possession, which prevents people from getting help, ”she said.

A safe supply is the number one thing saving lives right now, said Tammy McLean, who ran the opioid agonist therapy clinic in Trail.

Fentanyl has been found in 85 percent of the drugs used in overdose deaths.

“We find fentanyl in all illicit drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine and other opioids,” she said.

At 27.2 (per 100,000 person-years), the city ranks just behind Castlegar (50.1) as the highest death rate on the Kootenay border and was ranked 50th in the province. The overall overdose death rate for the Kootenay Boundary region was 32.8, with 19 people dying from drug toxicity in 2021.

October marks the first month in which 200 lives were lost to illicit drugs in British Columbia, with the 1,782 lives lost to drug toxicity between January and October, the highest number ever recorded in the country. province in one year.

Overall, 8,300 people have died from drug toxicity since the public health emergency regarding substance-related harms was declared in April 2016.

Urban areas

The impacts of the illicit drug crisis are being felt by communities across British Columbia

While the highest number of deaths continues to be recorded in urban centers such as Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria, death rates per 100,000 population are at record levels in all health authorities, including Vancouver Coastal (47 , 6), Interior (45.0) and Northern (44.8).

The overall death rate in the province is 41.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, more than double the rate recorded in 2016 (20.4).

On file

• 71% of people who died of suspected drug toxicity in 2021 were between 30 and 59 years old, and 79% were men.

• The number of deaths linked to the toxicity of illicit drugs in October 2021 is equivalent to approximately 6.5 deaths per day.

• By health service delivery area (HSDA), in 2021 the highest death rates were in Vancouver, Thompson Cariboo, Northwest, North Vancouver Island and Fraser East.

• By Local Health Zone (LHA), in 2021 the highest death rates were in Upper Skeena, Lillooet, Merritt, North Thompson and Enderby.

Illicit drug toxicity deaths in British Columbia are second only to cancer in terms of years of life lost. The median age of people who died from illicit drug toxicity in 2020 was 43.

• Analysis shows no evidence that prescribed safe supplies contribute to illicit drug-related deaths.

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Drug toxicity the leading cause of death among 19- to 39-year-olds in British Columbia https://buscatox.info/drug-toxicity-the-leading-cause-of-death-among-19-to-39-year-olds-in-british-columbia/ Sat, 11 Dec 2021 00:44:00 +0000 https://buscatox.info/drug-toxicity-the-leading-cause-of-death-among-19-to-39-year-olds-in-british-columbia/ (Photo provided by BC Coroners Service) 2021 will be the worst year for drug overdose deaths in British Columbia. The BC Coroners Service reported 201 deaths in October, which is a record number – 13 of these occurred at Northern Health. In addition, 70.6% of those who died during that month were between 30 and […]]]>


2021 will be the worst year for drug overdose deaths in British Columbia.

The BC Coroners Service reported 201 deaths in October, which is a record number – 13 of these occurred at Northern Health.

In addition, 70.6% of those who died during that month were between 30 and 59 years old.

In an interview with Vista Radio, Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said it is up to all levels of government to increase the safe supply, but there has been some reluctance.

“It’s a new approach. An approach that in normal times we may not consider but we are in a public health emergency. We are in the sixth year and we have seen over 85 hundred deaths in five and a half years, which is nothing short of astonishing. “

“It’s terribly, terribly sad. These are human beings we’re talking about – these are lives and people with families. As you know, communities across the province, including the North, that have lost so many of its members and that has caused so much suffering. A secure supply is one way to ensure that people addicted to a substance can access a regulated and safe supply. “

New data released by the Coroners Service shows drug toxicity to be the leading cause of death in people aged 19 to 39.

In addition, the average age of death in British Columbia for illicit drugs is 43 years.

“People potentially buy one thing and they end up with a couple of things in the substance they’re taking or they end up with a much higher or much more extreme fentanyl level.”

“The black market is totally unpredictable and volatile. We are increasingly seeing different substances appear in post-mortem toxicology tests. We often see methamphetamines or benzodiazepines, ”said Lapointe.

From April 2020 to October 2021, about 14% of cases had extreme levels of fentanyl, compared to just 8% from January 2019 to March 2020.

Among the types of drugs involved in completed investigations of illicit drug-related toxicological deaths, illicit fentanyl increased from 5% in 2012 to 85% last year.

“I think we realize that we cannot see these death rates continue and we are really looking for a meaningful intervention,” added Lapointe.

The Chief Coroner believes the record number of drug-related deaths is a failure of drug policy as well as a lack of support.

“It’s been a huge gap and now we’re seeing it in all of these people dying and very little service. Efforts are currently being made to close this gap.

“I really think that as long as it is considered criminal, it will be very difficult for us to come out of this crisis. People are ashamed, they are in hiding and are still being arrested with their drugs seized by the police. Even if they have a supply they deem safe, the police will seize it and destroy it anyway. It forces people to find more drugs and commit more crime – it’s really a failure of a decades-long drug policy, ”said Lapointe.

“People who used substances and became dependent were punished. We have invested billions of dollars over decades in law enforcement, courts, prisons, and very little significant investment in publicly funded treatments, diagnoses or responses.

As of January 2020, Northern Health has recorded 245 illicit drug-related deaths, an average of 11 per month.

People aged 50 to 59 have the highest drug toxicity death rate in British Columbia at 75.3 per 100,000 people.

This age group has also recorded 450 deaths so far in 2021, a slight increase from all of last year when the final tally was 405.

So far this year, 113 people in our health authority have died from illicit drugs, including 41 in Prince George.

The coroners’ service noted that Northern Health has the third highest drug toxicity rate among British Columbia’s five health authorities at 44.8 per 100,000.

Only Vancouver Coastal (47.6) and Interior Health (45.0) rank better.

In terms of health service delivery area, the Northern Interior, which includes Prince George-Quesnel-Burns Lake and Robson Valley, has the sixth-highest drug toxicity death rate of 43.9.

Vancouver leads this category with a rate of 69.6 – a difference of almost 26 points.


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BC Coroners Service Reports 1,782 Illicit Drug Poisoning Deaths in First 10 Months of 2021 https://buscatox.info/bc-coroners-service-reports-1782-illicit-drug-poisoning-deaths-in-first-10-months-of-2021/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 20:32:30 +0000 https://buscatox.info/bc-coroners-service-reports-1782-illicit-drug-poisoning-deaths-in-first-10-months-of-2021/ Breadcrumb Links News Local news British Columbia Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said 201 British Columbians died in October, which equates to about 6.5 deaths per day. Author of the article: Tiffany crawford Release date : 09 Dec. 2021 • 31 minutes ago • 4 minutes to read • 29 comments File photo: Paramedics respond to […]]]>


British Columbia Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said 201 British Columbians died in October, which equates to about 6.5 deaths per day.

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The BC Coroners Service says an increasingly toxic and volatile supply of illicit drugs killed at least 201 people in October.

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That brings the grim total number of deaths to 1,782 in the first 10 months of 2021 – the highest number of drug toxicity deaths ever recorded in the province in a year.

Lisa Lapointe, Chief Coroner of British Columbia, expressed frustration at the government’s inability to respond to this health crisis and called the deaths of more than 200 British Columbians in October a “devastating loss.”

“In the sixth year of this public health emergency we are suffering a record number of deaths and I know this news will resonate with immense sadness among the thousands of families who have lost loved ones to this crisis. My thoughts continue to be with every family and community that mourns the loss of a loved one, ”she said.

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“It must become a much more urgent response.”

October is the first month in which 200 lives have been lost to illicit drugs in British Columbia, said Lapointe, the most lives in a single month. Last year was also a devastating year, with 1,716 lives lost.

More than 8,300 people have died from drug toxicity since the public health emergency regarding substance-related harm was declared in April 2016, according to the coroner.

Local data shows that the overall death rate in the province stands at 41.2 per 100,000 population, more than double the rate recorded in 2016 at 20.4%.

It had repercussions on all regions of the province and in all health authorities.

“This is a health crisis,” said Lapointe. “Although we are talking about numbers, we are really talking about people.”

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“I cannot stress enough the urgency of this emergency. A comprehensive plan to ensure access to a secure supply for the thousands of BC residents who depend on these substances is essential. Shifting from a punitive and stigmatizing regime to a decriminalized, health-focused model is also a crucial step in reducing suffering and saving lives.

The data also shows that 71% of people who died of suspected drug toxicity in 2021 were between the ages of 30 and 59, and 79% were men.

The death toll from illicit drug toxicity in October equates to about 6.5 deaths per day, the coroner said.

Fentanyl continues to be the number one toxicant, but Lapointe said they are finding more and more toxic substances in the illicit supply, such as methamphetamine and benzodiazepines. This “toxic cocktail” of substances is a major problem, because while naloxone can help a person with an opioid overdose, it cannot help with most other substances.

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The province has asked the federal government for an exemption to decriminalize illegal drugs. Lapointe said that while this is a critical step in ending the decades-long war on drugs, even if approved immediately, it will not end the unregulated drug market. and profit-driven, which continues to put people at risk.

“The only way is to provide access to a secure supply,” said Lapointe, who again expressed his perplexity at the lack of political action to end this ongoing crisis.

“We don’t have time to wait months and years to keep looking for proof that a secure supply will work. We know from studies that it works.

Lapointe said it is difficult to understand why this health crisis is not being addressed with the same response at all levels that was taken with the COVID-19 response.

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Drug toxicity is now the second leading cause of death in the province after cancer and the leading cause of death among young people.

Lapointe said Thursday that British Columbia would lose six more citizens and 40 or 50 more by the end of the year, which she called “unacceptable.”

Children of mothers involved in Moms Stop The Harm, a group pushing for safer drug laws to reduce overdose deaths.
Children of mothers involved in Moms Stop The Harm, a group pushing for safer drug laws to reduce overdose deaths. PNG

Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson acknowledged that this year had been a tragic and “heartbreaking” year for overdose deaths and offered her condolences to family members facing grief.

At a press conference on Thursday, she said the government was doing “everything it can” to try to curb this crisis and connect people to the services they need by creating services, including adding more services. overdose prevention sites.

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British Columbia is the first province in the country to call on the federal government to decriminalize illicit drugs, which Malcolmson says will help end the stigma of drug use, a problem that drives many residents of Colombia. -British to consume alone.

“We are not doing anything,” she said, adding that work continues on decriminalization, safe supply and more education. “Would I like it to be faster?” Yes… we are going as fast as possible. We all feel the urgency of the crisis.

“It weighs on us all every day and makes us determined to do more. “

When asked why BC couldn’t use a compassion club model to provide safe medication to BC residents, Malcolmson said the only way the government could expand access was to implement safe supply through health authorities.

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“So my understanding is that the ideas are there to create a compassion club-like way to access a safe supply without a prescriber… but those are federally regulated and that’s where the decision lies. decision.”

Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau said she has called repeatedly this year for the creation of an all-party emergency committee to tackle the illicit drug toxicity crisis in British Columbia, and the Liberals of the British Columbia have asked for the same.

“The political will is only lacking on the part of this government, and it is costing lives. Again, we do not see the BC NDP treating this crisis as an emergency, she said.

“We also called for an immediate expansion of the safe and regulated supply of drugs in British Columbia”

ticrawford@postmedia.com

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British Columbia records record loss of life due to drug toxicity https://buscatox.info/british-columbia-records-record-loss-of-life-due-to-drug-toxicity/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 18:39:33 +0000 https://buscatox.info/british-columbia-records-record-loss-of-life-due-to-drug-toxicity/ An increasingly toxic and volatile supply of illicit drugs claimed at least 201 deaths in October and 1,782 lives in the first 10 months of 2021, according to the latest preliminary data released by the BC Coroners Service. “Today is a heartbreaking milestone for our province,” said Lisa Lapointe, Chief Coroner of British Columbia. “The […]]]>


An increasingly toxic and volatile supply of illicit drugs claimed at least 201 deaths in October and 1,782 lives in the first 10 months of 2021, according to the latest preliminary data released by the BC Coroners Service.

“Today is a heartbreaking milestone for our province,” said Lisa Lapointe, Chief Coroner of British Columbia. “The death of over 200 members of our community in one month from toxic drugs is a devastating loss. In the sixth year of this public health emergency we are suffering a record number of deaths and I know this news will resonate with immense sadness among the thousands of families who have lost a loved one to this crisis. My thoughts continue to be with every family and community that mourns the loss of a loved one. ”

October is the first month in which 200 lives have been lost to illicit drugs in British Columbia. More than 8,300 people have died from drug toxicity since the public health emergency regarding substance-related harms was declared in April 2016.

The impacts of the illicit drug crisis are being felt in every community in British Columbia. While the highest number of deaths continues to be recorded in urban centers like Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria, death rates per 100,000 population are at record levels in every health authority. , including the Vancouver coast (47.6), the interior (45.0) and the north (44.8). The overall death rate in the province stands at 41.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, more than double the rate recorded in 2016 (20.4).

“This is a health crisis,” said Lapointe. “I cannot stress enough the urgency of this emergency. A comprehensive plan to ensure access to a secure supply for the thousands of British Columbia residents who depend on these substances is essential. Shifting from a punitive and stigmatizing regime to a decriminalized, health-focused model is also a crucial step in reducing suffering and saving lives.

The main additional preliminary findings are presented below. Data is subject to change as additional toxicological results are received:

  • 71% of people who died of suspected drug toxicity in 2021 were between 30 and 59 years old, and 79% were men.

  • The number of deaths linked to the toxicity of illicit drugs in October 2021 is equivalent to approximately 6.5 deaths per day.

  • By health service delivery area (HSDA), in 2021 the highest death rates were in Vancouver, Thompson Cariboo, Northwest, North Vancouver Island and Fraser East.

  • By Local Health Zone (LHA), in 2021 the highest death rates were in Upper Skeena, Lillooet, Merritt, North Thompson and Enderby.

  • Deaths from illicit drug toxicity in British Columbia are second only to cancer in terms of years of life lost. The median age of people who died from illicit drug toxicity in 2020 was 43.

  • Analysis shows no indication that prescribed safe supplies contribute to illicit drug-related deaths.

Learn more:

Illicit Drug Overdose Death Report (Data as of October 31, 2021): https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/birth-adoption-death-marriage-and-divorce/deaths/coroners-service/ statistical / drug- illicit.pdf

Illicit Drug Toxicity: Drug Data Report Type (Data as of October 31, 2021): https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/birth-adoption-death-marriage-and-divorce/deaths / coroners-service / statistics / type-illicit-drug.pdf

BCCDC Knowledge Update on Hydromorphone and Illicit Drug Toxicity Deaths: 2021.09.15_Knowledge Update_ Hydromorphone and Drug Toxicity Deaths.pdf (bccdc.ca)

To the Heart: http://www.towardtheheart.com

Stop Overdose BC: https://www.stopoverdose.gov.bc.ca

British Columbia Center on Substance Use: http://www.bccsu.ca

Risk Mitigation Prescribing Guidelines in the Context of Dual Public Health Emergencies: https://www.bccsu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Risk-Mitigation-in-the-Context-of -Dual-Public-Health -Urgences-v1.5.pdf

Lifeguard app: http://www.phsa.ca/about/news-stories/news-releases/2020-news/new-lifeguard-app-launched-to-help-prevent-overdoses

BC Center for Disease Control overdose response indicators: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-professionals/data-reports/overdose-response-indicators

BC Center for Disease Control factsheet on etizolam: https://towardtheheart.com/assets/uploads/1609977106OOyN2HFTlkYYKxfbZi8XL6s1


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The number of lives lost due to the toxicity of illicit drugs exceeds 1,500 in the first nine months of 2021 https://buscatox.info/the-number-of-lives-lost-due-to-the-toxicity-of-illicit-drugs-exceeds-1500-in-the-first-nine-months-of-2021/ Tue, 09 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://buscatox.info/the-number-of-lives-lost-due-to-the-toxicity-of-illicit-drugs-exceeds-1500-in-the-first-nine-months-of-2021/ The British Columbia Coroners Service reports that 333 lives were lost to suspected illicit drug toxicity in August and September 2021, bringing the total number of deaths in the province so far this year to 1,534. The 1,534 cumulative deaths in 2021 are the highest in the first nine months of a calendar year, according […]]]>

The British Columbia Coroners Service reports that 333 lives were lost to suspected illicit drug toxicity in August and September 2021, bringing the total number of deaths in the province so far this year to 1,534.

The 1,534 cumulative deaths in 2021 are the highest in the first nine months of a calendar year, according to data from the BC Coroners Service.

In September, there were a total of 152 suspected deaths, while in August the BC Coroners Service reported 181 deaths from illicit drug toxicity, two records for those months. The number of illicit drug toxicity deaths in August and September 2021 equates to approximately 5.5 deaths per day.

Comparing the first nine months of 2021 to last year, the figures represent an increase of 24%, compared to 1,240 deaths recorded between January and September 2020.

The BC Coroners Service says the province-wide death rate stands at 39.4 per 100,000 population, nearly double the rate in 2016, when the public health emergency related to substance-related harm was reported for the first time.

“Once again, we are reporting a record number of deaths in our province due to the toxic illicit drug supply,” said Lisa Lapointe, Chief Coroner. “The tremendous loss felt by families and communities across British Columbia as they mourn loved ones lost too soon is heartbreaking.

September marks the 12th month in a row that there have been at least 150 deaths from toxic illicit drugs. The service adds that an average of 170 British Columbians were lost each month in 2021.

Fentanyl and its analogues have now been detected in 84% of all illicit toxicity deaths in 2021.

Additionally, carfentanil — a particularly potent analogue — was detected in 137 deaths, more than double the 65 deaths recorded in all of 2020, the BC Coroners Service notes.

“Our province is in the sixth year of this public health emergency, and the death rate from toxic drugs has never been higher,” Lapointe said. “Urgent action on a number of fronts is needed, including much greater access to a safe supply, more readily available and effective drug control services, and a shift from an enforcement-focused approach to the law to a health-centred approach. The province’s call on the federal government to decriminalize possession of illicit drugs for personal use is a critical step in addressing the drug toxicity crisis. The criminalization of those who use substances has done nothing to address this complex health issue and has resulted in increased suffering and marginalization. How many more deaths are we willing to accept to maintain drug policies and laws that are based on no evidence? »

Digging deeper into the data, 79% of suspicious deaths in 2021 were male, while 71% were between the ages of 30 and 59.

Deaths from drug toxicity remain the leading cause of unnatural death in British Columbia

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Four Illicit Drug Poisoning Deaths Reported In North Peace This Year, No Cases In June In Northeastern British Columbia | Energeticcity.ca https://buscatox.info/four-illicit-drug-poisoning-deaths-reported-in-north-peace-this-year-no-cases-in-june-in-northeastern-british-columbia-energeticcity-ca/ https://buscatox.info/four-illicit-drug-poisoning-deaths-reported-in-north-peace-this-year-no-cases-in-june-in-northeastern-british-columbia-energeticcity-ca/#respond Fri, 10 Sep 2021 21:15:37 +0000 https://buscatox.info/four-illicit-drug-poisoning-deaths-reported-in-north-peace-this-year-no-cases-in-june-in-northeastern-british-columbia-energeticcity-ca/ In the report released on August 31, the province reported 1,011 deaths in the first six months of 2021. “The deaths of over 1,000 British Columbians in the first six months of 2021 is a tragic reminder that the supply of toxic illicit drugs remains a significant and continuing threat to public health and safety […]]]>


In the report released on August 31, the province reported 1,011 deaths in the first six months of 2021.

“The deaths of over 1,000 British Columbians in the first six months of 2021 is a tragic reminder that the supply of toxic illicit drugs remains a significant and continuing threat to public health and safety in communities across our province. Said Lisa Lapointe, Chief Coroner, British Columbia Coroners Service.

“The data released today underscores the immensity of this public health emergency and the need for a large-scale response. This includes removing barriers to a safe supply, ensuring timely access to affordable, evidence-based treatment, and providing those suffering from problematic substance use with compassionate and sustainable options. to reduce risks and save lives.

In the Northern Health Region, there were six deaths in June, up from eight in May.

In June, 159 British Columbians died of drug toxicity, making June the ninth consecutive month 150 residents died from the supply of toxic drugs.

According to health officials, in 2021, the highest number of deaths was in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal Health regions (342 and 283 deaths respectively), accounting for 62% of deaths in 2021.

The highest death rates were recorded in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Northern Health regions, with 46 and 45 deaths per 100,000 population, respectively. The overall rate in the province is 39 deaths per 100,000 population.

As in previous months, fentanyl and carfentanil appear more frequently, with fentanyl continuing to be the main substance involved in 85% of deaths in the first six months of 2021.


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