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Overdose Deaths

/ 97.3 The Eagle
              B-C’s chief coroner says more than half of the fatal drug overdoses in the province last year involved people aged 30 to 49 and four out of five of those who died were male. Lisa Lapointe broke down some of the numbers involved in the record-breaking 14-hundred and 22 deaths caused by illicit drug overdoses in the province in 2017. The coroner said there appear to be more overdose deaths in the five days after income assistance payments are issued, with an average of six deaths per day. But Lapointe says the public health crisis affects people from all walks of life and government agencies must work to help reduce the stigma of drug addiction and increase awareness.

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