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Overdoses in Vancouver Have Reached Over 6,000 This Year—and It Isn’t Even Over Yet

Morgues in the city are now frequently reaching capacity due to fentanyl-related deaths.
People carry a coffin to remember those who have died due to ODs on Overdose Awareness Day in the Downtown Eastside. Photo by CP/Darryl Dyck

British Columbia is one of the provinces that's been most affected by the opioid crisis in Canada, and today, new numbers shed light on just how dire the situation is in its most populated city, Vancouver. Between January 1 and November 26 of this year, Vancouver Coastal Health emergency departments have reported 6,016 illicit or unknown drug ODs. Of those, 1,679 were recorded as opioid overdoses.