Men in trades and substance use

Men experience the highest rates of opioid overdoses in Canada.Footnote 1 Trades workers are more impacted by substance use and addiction than other fields of work.

Figure 1. How much does substance use impact men in trades?
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This image shows how much men in trades have been impacted by substance use. It states that:

  • Since 2016, around 3 out of 4 opioids related deaths were men
  • 30 to 50 % of those employed worked in trades at the time of their death

There are many reasons why men who work in trades are more affected by overdoses and substance-related harms.

Learn more about substance use.

Footnote 1

Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses. Opioid- and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada [Internet]. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada. 2022 [cited 2022 June 1]. Available from:

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