B.C. painkiller overdoses spiked 97% to nearly five killed a day in April

Metro News Vancouver, May 31, 2017

“It’s so demoralizing,” admitted Leslie McBain, whose son Jordan, 25, died of an illicit drug overdose three years ago. “And it’s just getting worse.”

British Columbia's painkiller overdose epidemic has reached new grim records Wednesday, after newly released data showed its death toll this year so far is the exact same as it was by the end of September last year.

The public health emergency has so far killed 488 people between January and April this year, according to the B.C. Coroner's Service, with April seeing a staggering 136 deaths, a dramatic 97 per cent increase from April last year.

B.C. painkiller overdoses spiked 97% to nearly five killed a day in April