Drug toxicity

Six people died each day in February in B.C. as a result of illicit drug toxicity, according to preliminary data released by the BC Coroners Service.
Over 200 people died from illicit drug toxicity across B.C. in October — an average of about 6.5 deaths per day.
The campaign points to harm-reduction resources, including how to recognize the signs of an overdose, respond using naloxone, download the Lifeguard App and access emergency contacts.
Eighty-one per cent of the deaths were male and 71 per cent were between the ages of 30 and 59, the report found.
Six people died in the Oceanside local health area due to illicit drug toxicity in the first five months of 2021, according to the BC Coroners Service.
The technology allows rapid, sensitive testing as a harm-reduction measure to help reduce illicit drug poisonings.
Historical data from the BC Coroners Service shows half of the men who died from toxic drugs were employed and of those, 55 per cent worked in the trades and transport industry.

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