Apparent opioid-related deaths

Canada is experiencing a serious and growing opioid crisis. Across the country, it is having devastating effects on families and communities.

The Government of Canada is working closely with the provinces and territories to collect and share data on apparent opioid-related deaths. The data will be updated four times a year and may change based on review and refinement.


According to updated and available preliminary data on apparent opioid-related deaths from January 2016 to June 2017:

National and regional trends

There were 2,861 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada in 2016 and at least 1,460 from January to June 2017. The opioid epidemic has affected every part of the country; however, certain regions have been impacted more than others.

Sex and age trends

Most (74%) apparent opioid-related deaths occurred among males; however, this varied by province or territory.

Although age group distribution varied by province or territory, the highest percentage (28%) of apparent opioid-related deaths occurred among individuals between the ages of 30 and 39 years.

Types of substances involved

From January to June 2017, 74% of apparent opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl or fentanyl analogues, compared to 53% in 2016.

Between January 2016 and June 2017, approximately 82% of apparent opioid-related deaths also involved one or more types of non-opioid substances.

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