Opioid-related harms in Canada

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More than 13,900 apparent opioid-related deaths occurred between January 2016 and June 2019.

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Between January 2016 and March 2019, 17,050 opioid-related poisoning hospitalizations occurred.

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Emergency Medical Services data on suspected opioid-related overdoses is reported by 10 provinces and territories across Canada.

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This report would not be possible without the collaboration and dedication of provincial and territorial (PT) offices of Chief Coroners and Medical Examiners as well as PT public health and health partners and Emergency Medical Services data providers. We would also like to acknowledge the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) for collecting and providing the data used for reporting opioid-related poisoning hospitalizations.

Suggested Citation

Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses. National report: Opioid-related Harms in Canada Web-based Report. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada; December 2019. https://health-infobase.canada.ca/substance-related-harms/opioids

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