Deaths of people suffering homelessness in B.C. rose by 75% in 2021 – CTV

Oct. 13, 2022

VANCOUVER – The toxic drug crisis in British Columbia was a key factor in pushing the number of deaths of homeless people up by 75 per cent in 2021 compared with the year before, the BC Coroners Service says.
A preliminary report released Wednesday by the service shows there were 247 deaths of people experiencing homelessness last year.

“This report reflects the risks and realities that people experiencing homelessness face every day,” chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said in a statement.

“We know that many are facing significant health concerns, including physical disabilities, mental-health challenges and substance-use issues. Additionally, as is also evident in the province’s housed population, the report details the significant risks associated with toxic drugs for those who are unhoused.”

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