The BC Coroners Service says there continues to be a noticeable spike in the number of drug-related deaths so far this year.
From January through to April 30, 2016, there were 308 accidental illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C.
Of those overdose deaths, fentanyl was detected in 148 of the victims.
At this rate, the service is estimating the 56% of overdose deaths in 2016 will be related to fentanyl.
This is a 75% increase compared to the same period in 2015.
In previous years, the proportion of fentanyl detected drug overdoses was:
- 2012 = 5%
- 2013 = 15%
- 2014 = 25%
- 2015 = 31%
Much of this is connected to the rise of fentanyl across North America, including in B.C.