Illicit drug overdoses are the cause behind 1,380 deaths so far this year in the province, according to the BC Coroners Service — with 39 recorded in Kamloops.
That’s roughly four deaths per day between January and the end of November.
The new data detailing the number of fatal overdoses, released Thursday, highlights the continuing concern of illicit fentanyl wreaking havoc on all corners of the province.
Through November, there has only been one fewer death than through November 2017 in Kamloops.
In all of 2017, the province recorded the most-ever overdose deaths — 1,486.
Kamloops sits fifth in the province in terms of overdose deaths, with 39 through November.
In all of 2017, there were 38 such deaths in Kamloops. The most such deaths ever recorded were 44 in 2016.
According to finished investigations and autopsies performed between January and September, fentanyl was found in 85 per cent of all deaths, compared to 82 per cent in 2017.
Rates of overdoses were highest in the following health service delivery areas: Lower Mainland, Northern Interior, Thompson Cariboo and Okanagan.
In the Thompson-Cariboo, there have been 75 overdose deaths through November, which has surpassed the previous annual, record for such deaths, which was 66 in 2016.
Among cities, Vancouver (361), Surrey (195), Victoria (85), Kelowna (53) and Kamloops (39) have seen the most deaths.
Most deaths continue to occur in private residences (797 deaths, or 58 per cent), followed by other residences, including motels, rooming houses and supportive housing units (339 deaths, or 25 per cent) outside areas (166 deaths, or 12 per cent) and other inside areas, such as public buildings (55 deaths, or four per cent).
There were no deaths at supervised drug-use sites or drug overdose-prevention locations.
Males continue to account for the vast majority of overdose deaths, with 1,109 through November, compared to 271 female deaths.
As for age groups, the 30-39 range has accounted for the most deaths (361), with the 70-79 range registering the fewest deaths (seven).
March was the deadliest month, with 160 deaths, followed by July (144) and April (136). The fewest overdose deaths were recorded in February (104).
The most deaths have occurred on a Thursday (218), with the fewest happening on a Wednesday (181).
The BC Coroners Service expects to have total 2018 data later in January.