Opioid-related harms in Canada Published: (June 2020)

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Number of total apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada, 2016 to 2019
0500100015002000250030003500400045002016201720182019YearNumber2016: 3,0252017: 4,1472018: 4,3982019: 3,823

This update is based on data submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada on or before May 19, 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 total apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada, 2016 to 2019
2016 - Canada3,025
2017 - Canada4,147
2018 - Canada4,398
2019 - Canada3,823


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. Opioid-related Harms in Canada. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada; June 2020. https://health-infobase.canada.ca/substance-related-harms/opioids

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