The ongoing death toll from the opioid crisis continues to rack bodies up, fellow Canadian citizens across the spectrum with some vulnerable populations hurt more than others.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reported that more than 4,000 people died from overdoses in 2017. That was the worse year in Canadian records. The rates continue to rise. It should be noted that the overdoses – the “vast majority” – link to the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Fentanyl kills people. Take, for an example of comparison, the 4,400 deaths by suicide in 2015. That means, the 2017 rate of opioid-related deaths become an analogue for he 2015 suicide statistics throughout the country.

Half that 2017 opioid-related death numbers would be the motor vehicle accident number with 611 by homicide. The provincial, territorial, and federal governments continue to pour millions of dollars in response to the crisis because Canadians are dying.

The main aim is to expand the harm reduction methodologies based on the evidence in place the decades-long methodology that is more punitive – shown to cause more harm over the long-term. The harm reduction philosophy in practice would incorporate “expanded treatment and harm-reduction services, such as supervised drug-use sites… [and expanded] access to prescription heroin and methadone.”

These harm reduction measures have been implemented and helped with the reduction of the harm to individual Canadians.


Hannay, C., Alam, M., & Keller, J. (2018, March 28). Politics Briefing: Federal dollars not slowing pace of opioid deaths. Retrieved from

Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen


(Last Update: September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping (lifting, mowing, and raking) and gardening (digging, planting, and weeding). He is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. UCI Ethics Center awarded him with the distinction of Francisco Ayala Scholar (2014) for mentoring, presenting, researching, and writing. If you want to contact Scott, you may inquire or comment through e-mail:

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