A news conference has been planned for 10 a.m. to release a report on last year’s deaths.

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B.C.’s chief coroner is expected to release a grim report this morning detailing a record number of deaths from illicit drug deaths last year.

Following the report, a couple of news conferences have been planned to respond to the situation, including one from B.C.’s Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson.

A public health emergency was declared in 2016, a year that saw 991 deaths in B.C. More than 1,700 people died in B.C. from illicit drug overdoses in 2020.

Check back here throughout the day for more updates.

Here are the news conferences planned for today:


10 a.m. – Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner

Lisa Lapointe, B.C.’s chief coroner, will provide an update on illicit drug deaths in 2020.

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10:30 a.m. – Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart will provide an update on his work to tackle the overdose crisis in Vancouver.

11 a.m. – Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson will respond to the drug report.

More to come…



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–with a file from The Canadian Press

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