More people have already died of a drug overdose in BC this year than all of 2016.
The BC Coroners Service reports that 1013 people are believed to have died from illicit drug overdose this year, which is enough to set a new annual record for the province.
In response, spokesperson Andy Watson says a contaminated drug supply is continuing to put drug users at risk.
"This isn't just a problem that's happening in high risk areas. This is a problem that's happening at private homes, it's happening in hotel rooms, and it's affecting all walks of life. And I think the message is no drug supply is safe."
A record five fatal drug overdoses have occurred in Merritt this year, after four in 2016.