More than 8,000 opioid deaths in Canada since 2016

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“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,” wrote Catharine Tunney for CBC News on September 18, 2018.

Tunney continued, “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.”

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