Expect a grim outlook when it comes to the opioid overdose crisis tomorrow.
The BC Coroner’s Service is set to release a new tally on the numbers of people who died of an illicit drug overdose.
The most recent numbers dating to the end of October had listed 622 people, already a record over 2015’s death toll of 480.
The newest total comes only three days after Vancouver Police chief Adam Palmer announced nine people died in the city on Thursday alone from a suspected drug overdose, eight of which occurred in the Downtown Eastside.
The BC Coroners Service said four other people died of suspected drug overdoses elsewhere in the province that same day, as it issued a drug-death warning.
Palmer and other emergency and health officials made a desperate plea last week to the province for on-demand treatment for drug users.