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

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Number of total apparent opioid toxicity deaths by quarter in Alberta, 2016 to 2021 (Jan to Mar)
050100150200250300350400'16 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: 1372016 Q2: 1402016 Q3: 1592016 Q4: 1662017 Q1: 1622017 Q2: 1822017 Q3: 1832017 Q4: 2172018 Q1: 1942018 Q2: 2062018 Q3: 2102018 Q4: 1952019 Q1: 1612019 Q2: 1882019 Q3: 1502019 Q4: 1252020 Q1: 1602020 Q2: 3142020 Q3: 3472020 Q4: 3332021 Q1: 353

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 Alberta, 2016 to 2021 (Jan to Mar)
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)161
2019 (Apr to Jun)188
2019 (Jul to Sep)150
2019 (Oct to Dec)125
2020 (Jan to Mar)160
2020 (Apr to Jun)314
2020 (Jul to Sep)347
2020 (Oct to Dec)333
2021 (Jan to Mar)353


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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