The Public Health Agency of Canada has released a new report that showed opioid overdose has been the reason behind 10,300 Canadian deaths over the past three years.
There have been 3,286 deaths that occurred because of opioids between January and September of 2018 and 93 percent were accidental, according to the agency. Based on the data provided, 75 percent of those deaths were men, and they were mostly in their 30s. In addition to that, fentanyl or other fentanyl-related substances were in involved in 73 percent of the cases.
“Canada continues to experience a serious opioid crisis. Across the country, it is having devastating effects on families and communities. The Public Health Agency of Canada works closely with the provinces and territories to collect and share data on apparent opioid-related deaths. Accurate information about the crisis is needed to help guide efforts to reduce opioid-related harms and deaths,” the report says.
More and more Canadians are dying of an opioid overdose
About 1,000 people died in Ontario because of opioids from January to September last year, this city had the second most number of deaths. The runner-up region that had most opioid-related deaths, 1,155, is British Columbia. According to the report during the last two summers, the number of deaths spiked in Ontario and across Canada the opioid death rate kept increasing every year. In 2016 8.4 per 100,000 people would die from opioids in Canada according to the Public Health Agency of Canada while in 2018 it grew to 11.8 per 100,000 people.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said that the vast majority of apparent opioid-related deaths had been indicated by the data to be of individuals who did not intend to die. The importance of this distinction is high because it is necessary for an appropriate public health response.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.