Most toxic drug deaths are now from smoking. Advocates ask when B.C. will adjust to that reality – CBC

74% of toxic drug deaths in the Northern Interior last year were from smoking, coroners’ statistics show

Oct 05, 2022

Last year, up to three quarters of people killed by B.C.’s toxic drug supply in parts of the province had smoked — not injected — their fatal dose, according to figures from the coroners service.

But in some regions of B.C. that saw the highest rates of death by inhalation, drug users had no access to any supervised consumption or overdose prevention sites that allow smoking.

The 2021 figures from the B.C. Coroners Service show that the vast majority of illicit drug deaths in every Health Service Delivery Area in the province were caused by smoking, rising to highs of 74 per cent in the Northern Interior and 68 per cent in Kootenay Boundary.

Meanwhile, as of July, only 13 of 42 monitored consumption sites in B.C. allow smoking, and they’re mainly clustered on the South Coast and Vancouver Island. There are none east of Abbotsford or north of Campbell River.

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