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.

Canadian drugs and substances strategy

A comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based approach to drug policy.

Public education

Part of the Government's response is raising awareness about the risks of opioid overdose and reducing stigma related to problematic substance use.


Stay until help arrives. The Good Samaritan Law can protect you.

Federal approach on Canada's opioid crisis

Learn about our Public Health Emergency Response.

Results of the Survey on Opioid Awareness, November 2017

Results from Statistics Canada’s 2017 Survey on Opioid Awareness.

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