Data, surveillance and research on opioids and other substances

Canada continues to struggle with historic rates of fatal and non-fatal drug overdoses. The COVID-19 pandemic is worsening the overdose crisis in many communities due to a more toxic illegal supply, increased feelings of isolation, stress and anxiety, and limited availability or accessibility of services for people who use drugs. This page provides links to the evidence guiding our response to the overdose crisis.

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Opioid- and stimulant-related harms

Access the most recent data (Last updated: September 2021)

To better understand and respond effectively to the overdose crisis, we continue to work with our partners across Canada.

Provinces and territories collect and share data on:

  • apparent opioid and stimulant toxicity deaths
  • opioid and stimulant poisoning hospitalizations
  • suspected opioid-related overdoses attended by Emergency Medical Services

Federal actions on opioids

We remain committed to a collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based approach to the opioid overdose crisis.

Overview: Federal actions on opioids (Last updated: June 2021)

Reports, studies and surveys

We conduct studies and publish reports to improve our understanding of the overdose crisis on a national level.

Public Health Agency of Canada

Health Canada

Statistics Canada

Canadian Institute for Health Information

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Provincial and territorial information

Provincial and territorial differences exist in the impact of the opioid crisis and in their response. To find out more, please refer to the links below:

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