March saw the second-highest number of illicit-drug overdose deaths, dashing hopes that the province was beginning to win the battle against the fentanyl epidemic.
According to the coroners service, more than 90 per cent of the overdose deaths recorded took place indoors, and none have occurred at supervised consumption sites or overdose prevention sites.
Preliminary data indicates that 161 B.C. residents died of a drug overdose in March, a jump of 59 compared to February.
The report shows there were 13 overdose deaths recorded, more than doubling the amount of six back in march 2017.
Data from the B.C. Coroners Service shows a 24 per cent increase compared to the 130 drug overdose deaths in March 2017, and a 58 per cent increase compared to February's total of 102 deaths.
The March 2018 total nearly equals the 162 illicit drug overdose deaths in December 2016.
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On the island, Victoria has felt the brunt of the crisis with the third-highest number overdose deaths in the province so far this year at 34.
Vancouver Island made up 73 of those deaths.
There have been 22 deaths from a suspected overdose on central Vancouver Island, which has a rate of 31.6 deaths per 100,000 people.
For this year, there have been five deaths where fentanyl has been detected in the North Shore/Coast Garibaldi area.
The BC Coroners Service urgently reminds those using any illicit drugs not to use alone.
"Those using chemicals should have somebody nearby trained and equipped Happens", it stated in the discharge.