Opioid-related harms and deaths in Canada
The opioid crisis continues to devastate communities and families across the country. It is affecting the health and lives of people from all walks of life, all age groups and all socio-economic backgrounds.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) works closely with the provinces and territories to collect and share accurate information about the crisis in order to provide a national picture of the public health impact of opioids in Canada and to help guide efforts to reduce opioid-related harms and deaths.
These technical reports will provide key findings, interactive maps and details on observed trends.
Report: Apparent Opioid-related Deaths
The opioid crisis has affected every part of the country, but some regions and populations have been impacted more than others.
View report (Last updated: April 2019)
PHAC conducts additional studies to provide important contextual information on the crisis.
- Hospitalizations and emergency department visits (Canadian Institute for Health Information)
- Signs of an opioid overdose, and what to do in an overdose situation.
- Naloxone and where you can get it.
- Problematic substance use can have serious health risks. It can also damage families and relationships. Learn more about the risks of opioids and what resources are available in your province.
- Stigma around substance use can prevent people from getting the help they need. You can help by:
- listening with compassion and without judgement, so a person who uses drugs feels heard and understood
- speaking up when someone is being treated disrespectfully because of their substance use
- being kind with the words you use. Words matter. Use people first language.
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