According to CTV News, the Public Health Agency of Canada has reported on the increased number of opioid-related deaths.
The co-chairs for the Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses said, “Unfortunately, the data released today have confirmed our fear that that the crisis has worsened significantly since 2016, despite the efforts from all levels of government and partners to reverse the trend.”
There were more than 4,000 opioid-related “fatalities” in 2017 if counting the country as a whole. Further data and analysis indicate 72% of the more than 4,000 deaths were due to fentanyl. Only 55% of the deaths were accountable to fentanyl in the 2016 statistics.
Important to note: the 2016 statistics were lower in for overall opioid-related deaths too. In the first three quarters of 2017, 92% of the opioid related deaths were accidental.
The statement continued:
We recognize that each death reported in today’s release represents a human life, and we are saddened by these losses… We recognize that all levels of government must do more to increase awareness, implement and evaluate innovative harm reduction approaches and increase access to effective treatment programs in order to turn the tide on this epidemic of opioid-related deaths.
The committee was founded in December of 2016 in order to work on opioid-related deaths and overdoses by the request of the federal, provincial, and territorial governments. Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer, and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer, are the co-chairs for the Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses.
Males account for 76% of the accidental opioid-related deaths. Those between 30 and 39 are the most at-risk ages. The province of British Columbia has been the hardest hit province of those impacted strongly by the crisis at 1,138 deaths in 2018. Ontario has 942 deaths. Alberta has another 546 deaths.
CTVNews.ca Staff. (2018, March 27). ‘The crisis has worsened’: Opioid-related deaths on the rise in Canada. Retrieved from https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/the-crisis-has-worsened-opioid-related-deaths-on-the-rise-in-canada-1.3861121.
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