Data, surveillance and research on opioids and other substances

The overdose crisis continues to have devastating impacts on communities, and has worsened during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. 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: March 2022)

To better understand and respond effectively to the overdose crisis, we continue to work with provinces and territories to collect and share available data on:

  • Apparent opioid and stimulant toxicity deaths
  • Opioid- and stimulant-related poisoning hospitalizations
  • Emergency Medical Services responses to suspected opioid-related overdoses

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: March 2022)

Joint statement on the crisis

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, and Dr. Jennifer Russell, the Chief Medical Officer of Health of New Brunswick, share their perspectives on these data, the overdose crisis and actions needed to prevent further substance-related harms in Canada.

Read the joint statement (Last updated: March 2022)

Reports, studies and surveys

We conduct studies and publish reports to improve our understanding of the overdose crisis at the 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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