Opioid- and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada Published: (June 2022)

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Number of total apparent opioid toxicity deaths by quarter in Alberta, 2016 to 2021
050100150200250300350400450500550'16 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 Q1'21 Q2'21 Q3'21 Q4Year and quarterNumber2016 Q1: 1372016 Q2: 1402016 Q3: 1592016 Q4: 1662017 Q1: 1622017 Q2: 1822017 Q3: 1832017 Q4: 2172018 Q1: 1942018 Q2: 2062018 Q3: 2102018 Q4: 1952019 Q1: 1622019 Q2: 1872019 Q3: 1522019 Q4: 1252020 Q1: 1612020 Q2: 3182020 Q3: 3582020 Q4: 3452021 Q1: 3602021 Q2: 3582021 Q3: 3992021 Q4: 501

This update is based on data submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada on or before May 10, 2022. 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 Alberta, 2016 to 2021
Year and quarterNumber
2016 (Jan to Mar)137
2016 (Apr to Jun)140
2016 (Jul to Sep)159
2016 (Oct to Dec)166
2017 (Jan to Mar)162
2017 (Apr to Jun)182
2017 (Jul to Sep)183
2017 (Oct to Dec)217
2018 (Jan to Mar)194
2018 (Apr to Jun)206
2018 (Jul to Sep)210
2018 (Oct to Dec)195
2019 (Jan to Mar)162
2019 (Apr to Jun)187
2019 (Jul to Sep)152
2019 (Oct to Dec)125
2020 (Jan to Mar)161
2020 (Apr to Jun)318
2020 (Jul to Sep)358
2020 (Oct to Dec)345
2021 (Jan to Mar)360
2021 (Apr to Jun)358
2021 (Jul to Sep)399
2021 (Oct to Dec)501


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; June 2022. https://health-infobase.canada.ca/substance-related-harms/opioids-stimulants

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