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One person from northern B.C. dead along with 12 others in overdoses across B.C. last night

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Coroners Service has issued a warning to take extra care after there were 13 overdose deaths in the province last night including 1 in northern B.C.

The BC Coroners Service says details of where in northern B.C. the deceased is from and age, will not be released until family has been notified.

6 people died in Vancouver on the Downtown Eastside. The Coroners Service says another 2 deaths in the same area and in the same timeframe are suspected of potentially being drug-related as well.

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There was another death in the Vancouver area as well as 1 in Burnaby and 2 in the Fraser Region, bringing the total to 13.

“We are not sure what has caused this very distressing spike in fatalities,” said chief coroner Lisa Lapointe. “It will take detailed toxicology testing and further investigation to try to determine that.”

A summary of drug death fatalities up to the end of November will be made public by the BC Coroners Service on Monday.

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