The number of deaths jumped 34% in one year, reaching the highest level ever recorded in our country.
The death toll from the opioid crisis continues to rise.
Nearly 4,000 Canadians died after opioid overdoses last year, a jump of 34% from 2016.
According to a report by the government, 72% of the deaths involved fentanyl or substances similar to fentanyl.
The Chief Public Health Officer of Canada – Dr. Theresa Tam – said “I am deeply concerned by the opioid crisis in Canada. This is unlike any other public health crisis we have experienced in recent years.”
“They represent the loss of family members, loved ones, and friends, and highlight how this crisis is devastating for Canadians from all walks of life and communities across Canada,” added Tam.
Disturbingly, the leading cause of death among 30-39 year-old Canadians is now opioid overdose.
In response, the federal government has imposed tougher restrictions on drug advertising. However, opioid prescriptions are down, even as deaths rise. A key area of concern that is not being addressed enough is where many of the illegal opioids are coming from – particularly China. The federal government has so far shown no willingness to confront the source of these deadly drugs.
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