The Northern Interior Health Service Delivery, which includes Quesnel, continues to have one of the highest illicit drug death rates in the province.
Numbers released by the BC Coroners Service show that there have been 103 fatalities from illicit drugs in the first 10 months of this year.
That has already surpassed the total for all of last year when there were 102, and the death rate is at 79.8 per 100,000 people, which is 2nd out of the 16 Health Service Delivery Areas.
Only Vancouver is higher at 85.3
The Thompson-Cariboo-Shuswap, which includes Williams Lake and 100 Mile House, is 5th out of 16 at 57.2 deaths per 100,000 people.