Opioid- and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada Published: (December 2020)

Select an item from each list below:
Number of accidental apparent opioid toxicity deaths in Canada, 2016 to 2020 (Jan to Jun)
0200400600800100012001400160018002016 Q12016 Q22016 Q32016 Q42017 Q12017 Q22017 Q32017 Q42018 Q12018 Q22018 Q32018 Q42019 Q12019 Q22019 Q32019 Q42020 Q12020 Q2Year and quarterNumber2016 Q1: 5732016 Q2: 5522016 Q3: 5652016 Q4: 7582017 Q1: 8182017 Q2: 9112017 Q3: 9682017 Q4: 8362018 Q1: 9592018 Q2: 9592018 Q3: 1,0642018 Q4: 1,0842019 Q1: 1,0362019 Q2: 1,0072019 Q3: 7282019 Q4: 8192020 Q1: 9842020 Q2: 1,584

This update is based on data submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada on or before November 10, 2020. Due to differences in identifying and reporting cases, comparisons over time and between provinces and territories should be interpreted with caution. Refer to the technical notes for more information.

Number of accidental apparent opioid toxicity deaths in Canada, 2016 to 2020 (Jan to Jun)
Year and quarterNumber
2016 (Jan to Mar) - Canada573
2016 (Apr to Jun) - Canada552
2016 (Jul to Sep) - Canada565
2016 (Oct to Dec) - Canada758
2017 (Jan to Mar) - Canada818
2017 (Apr to Jun) - Canada911
2017 (Jul to Sep) - Canada968
2017 (Oct to Dec) - Canada836
2018 (Jan to Mar) - Canada959
2018 (Apr to Jun) - Canada959
2018 (Jul to Sep) - Canada1,064
2018 (Oct to Dec) - Canada1,084
2019 (Jan to Mar) - Canada1,036
2019 (Apr to Jun) - Canada1,007
2019 (Jul to Sep) - Canada728
2019 (Oct to Dec) - Canada819
2020 (Jan to Mar) - Canada984
2020 (Apr to Jun) - Canada1,584


This update would not be possible without the collaboration and dedication of provincial and territorial (PT) offices of Chief Coroners and Chief 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. Opioids and stimulant-related Harms in Canada. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada; December 2020. https://health-infobase.canada.ca/substance-related-harms/opioids-stimulants

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