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Alert: More overdose deaths

In a span of just five days, there have been nine suspected overdose deaths in the Interior Health Authority region.

The authority issued an alert on Friday urging users to reconsider or take steps to prevent an overdose. 

BC Coroners service has reported that throughout the province there have been 999 drug overdose deaths between Jan. and Oct. — fentanyl was detected in 83 per cent of those deaths.

While the numbers are not exact, monthly overdose surveillance data from the region's hospitals shows from June 2016 to Dec. 2017 there were 1,331 reported overdoses, with the vast majority being reported at Kelowna General Hospital and Vernon Jubilee Hospital. 

*Not all reported overdoses in the monthly overdose surveillance data are deaths.



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