Responding to Canada’s opioid crisis

Canada is facing a national opioid crisis. The growing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids, including fentanyl, is a public health emergency. This is a complex health and social issue that needs a response that is comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based.

Services and information

Federal Action on Opioids

What the opioid crisis is and how the Government of Canada is responding to it.

Public health emergency response

Enabling a coordinated pan-Canadian response to the opioid crisis.

Harm Reduction

Supporting a range of tools and measures for individuals and communities.


Supporting innovative approaches to treatment.


Addressing illegal drug production, supply and distribution.


Preventing problematic drug use.

Strong evidence base

Better identifying trends, targeting interventions, monitoring impacts and supporting evidence-based decisions.

What we are doing

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