There seems to be no end in sight to what some are calling an epidemic of drug overdoses in the region, with newly released statistics revealing five people died from illicit drugs in Abbotsford in July alone.
The July figures bring the year’s total to 21 deaths in the first seven months of 2016, the same number of deaths in the city during the four-year period from 2007 to 2010.
The total number of overdose deaths in B.C. has increased by approximately 74 per cent over the same period last year.
There have been 433 illicit drug-related deaths in B.C. this year, more than 80 per cent (348) being men and 235 of which were people between the ages of 20 and 39.
The Fraser Valley region has seen 139 drug deaths this year.