Canada has seen more than 8,000 apparent opioid deaths since 2016

Posted In: News Date:Sep 19th, 2018

At least 1,036 Canadians died in the first three months of this year of what appeared to be opioid overdoses, raising the opioid epidemic's national death toll to more than 8,000 people since January 2016, according to newly released government figures.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada's latest trend report, 94 per cent of the deaths between January and March of this year were accidental and most of those deaths involved the powerful pain medication fentanyl.

"The latest data suggest that the crisis is not abating," said Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, in a joint statement.

They co-chair the government's special advisory committee on the opioid overdose epidemic.