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April 2018 – Canada: The majority of opioid-related deaths involve fentanyl or fentanyl analogues

OTTOWA, Canada – April 2018: According to the Canadian National Report on apparent opioid-related deaths, the opioid crisis has affected every part of the country. In 2016, there were 2,946 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada and another 2,923 were reported from January to September 2017, corresponding to an estimated annual death rate of 10.6 per 100,000 population in 2017. The majority of the opioid-related deaths in 2016 and in 2017 involved fentanyl or fentanyl analogues and 76 per cent of accidental (unintentional) apparent opioid-related deaths occurred among males. It is expected that these figures will change as additional data become available.

Figure 1. Number (January to September) and estimated annual rate (per 100,000 population) of apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada by province or territory, 2017

For further information please see:

Public Health Agency of Canada – “National report: Apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada”
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/healthy-living/national-report-apparent-opioid-related-deaths-released-march-2018.html

Drug Analysis Service (DAS) – “Drug Analysis Service: Summary report of samples analysed”
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/health-concerns/controlled-substances-precursor-chemicals/drug-analysis-service/drug-analysis-service-summary-report-samples-analysed.html

UNODC Report “Fentanyl and its analogues - 50 years on”
https://www.unodc.org/documents/scientific/Global_SMART_Update_17_web.pdf

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