Infographic: Government of Canada - Federal Actions on Opioids

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Organization: Health Canada

Type: Poster

Published: 2018-09-05

Related Topics

(As of September 2018)

Increased access to treatment

Increased access to harm reduction

Increased awareness and prevention

Decreased tainted drug supply

Increased evidence



Together, We Can #StopOverdoses

In response to this complex crisis, the Government of Canada is taking a comprehensive, collaborative and compassionate public health approach focused on:

  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Harm reduction
  • Enforcement

This approach is supported by a strong evidence base.
Going forward, we will continue to address the crisis by:

  • working to increase access to treatment;
  • supporting innovative approaches;
  • improving access to public health data;
  • intercepting illegal opioids at the border; and,
  • addressing stigma related to opioid use.

Approximately 7, 000 lives lost in 2016 and 2017 due to apparent opioid-related overdose

Map of Canada
Province/territory Rate range per 100,000 population Number of deaths in 2017
Alberta 15.0 to 19.9 759
British ColumbiaFootnote a 20.0 and higher 1,470Footnote a
New Brunswick 0 to 4.9 37
Newfoundland and LabradorFootnote b 5.0 to 9.9 33Footnote b
Northwest Territories 0 to 4.9 1
Nova Scotia 5.0 to 9.9 65
Nunavut Suppressed Suppressed
Ontario 5.0 to 9.9 1,263
QuebecFootnote c 0.0 to 4.9 181Footnote c
Manitoba 5.0 to 9.9 122
Saskatchewan Footnote b 0.0 to 4.9 46Footnote b
Prince Edward Island Footnote b 0.0 to 4.9 3Footnote b
YukonFootnote b 15.0 to 19.9 7Footnote b
Footnote a

Includes deaths related to all illicit drugs including but not limited to opioids.

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Footnote b

Includes deaths with completed investigations only.

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Footnote c

Includes deaths related to all illicit drugs including, but not limited to opioids, from July to December only. This number is expected to rise.

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34% increase in the number of opioid-related deaths from 2016 to 2017

78% of apparent opioid-related deaths in 2017 occurred among men

Opioid-related deaths are now the leading cause of mortality among Canadians between ages 30 and 39

2016: 55%; 2017: 72% - Percent of accidental apparent opioid-related deaths involving fentanyl or fentanyl analogues

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