Monday, December 18, 2017

Canada on track for 4,000 opioid-related deaths in 2017

Canada is on track to record more than 4,000 deaths linked to opioids in 2017. At least 1,460 people died in the first half of this year according to a committee on the epidemic. In 2016 opioid-related overdoses claimed a total of 2,861 lives across Canada. Earlier this year it was predicting about 3,000 deaths. Car accidents killed 1,850 Canadians in 2015.

British Columbia leads the way in overall deaths, with 798 recorded between January and June 2017. In that period 74% of opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl or fentanyl analogues. That number is now 83%.