Opioid- and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada Published: (September 2021)

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Number of total apparent opioid toxicity deaths by quarter in Canada, 2016 to 2021 (Jan to Mar)
0200400600800100012001400160018002000'16 Q1'16 Q2'16 Q3'16 Q4'17 Q1'17 Q2'17 Q3'17 Q4'18 Q1'18 Q2'18 Q3'18 Q4'19 Q1'19 Q2'19 Q3'19 Q4'20 Q1'20 Q2'20 Q3'20 Q4'21 Q1Year and quarterNumber2016 Q1: 6662016 Q2: 6362016 Q3: 6542016 Q4: 8592017 Q1: 9202017 Q2: 1,0192017 Q3: 1,0512017 Q4: 9222018 Q1: 1,0372018 Q2: 1,0212018 Q3: 1,1452018 Q4: 1,1682019 Q1: 1,0312019 Q2: 1,0362019 Q3: 7312019 Q4: 8512020 Q1: 1,0732020 Q2: 1,6732020 Q3: 1,7212020 Q4: 1,7812021 Q1: 1,771

This update is based on data submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada on or before August 16, 2021. 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 total apparent opioid toxicity deaths by quarter in Canada, 2016 to 2021 (Jan to Mar)
Year and quarterNumber
2016 (Jan to Mar)666
2016 (Apr to Jun)636
2016 (Jul to Sep)654
2016 (Oct to Dec)859
2017 (Jan to Mar)920
2017 (Apr to Jun)1,019
2017 (Jul to Sep)1,051
2017 (Oct to Dec)922
2018 (Jan to Mar)1,037
2018 (Apr to Jun)1,021
2018 (Jul to Sep)1,145
2018 (Oct to Dec)1,168
2019 (Jan to Mar)1,031
2019 (Apr to Jun)1,036
2019 (Jul to Sep)731
2019 (Oct to Dec)851
2020 (Jan to Mar)1,073
2020 (Apr to Jun)1,673
2020 (Jul to Sep)1,721
2020 (Oct to Dec)1,781
2021 (Jan to Mar)1,771


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 and stimulant related poisoning hospitalizations.

Suggested Citation

Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses. Opioid and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada; September 2021. https://health-infobase.canada.ca/substance-related-harms/opioids-stimulants

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