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Canada Releases Updated Data on Opioid-related Deaths

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CanadaOpioidAgeThe United States and Canada lead the world in opioid consumption. Canada is experiencing a serious and growing opioid crisis, with devastating effects on families and communities across the country.

Canada’s federal government is working closely with its provinces and territories to collect and share data on opioid-related deaths. In December 2017, the government released the latest in a series of quarterly national reports on apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada. The report includes data collected by the provinces and territories from their respective offices of Chief Coroners/Medical Examiners and shared through the Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses. Among the report’s key findings: Fentanyl or fentanyl analogues were implicated in 74% of apparent opioid-related deaths in the first half of 2017, up from 53% a year earlier.

There were 2,861 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada in 2016. Over 74% of these deaths occurred among males and nearly 28% in individuals between the ages of 30 and 39. The Canadian opioid crisis has affected every part of the country, but British Columbia has been impacted more than other provinces and territories, both in terms of the total number of deaths and the number of deaths per capita.

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