In the first three months of 2018, there have been at least 1036 deaths apparently related to opioids in the country, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, which published in a statement Tuesday its latest data on overdoses.
According to the organization, 94% of overdoses were accidental.
“Unfortunately, this means that over 8,000 Canadians lost their lives between January 2016 and March 2018 as a result of an apparently opioid-related overdose,” the statement said.The Public Health Agency believes that the crisis continues and is now affecting people from all walks of life. According to her, in the past, overdose deaths tended to occur among long-term drug addicts.
The current crisis reveals a wider range of victims.
Public Health Agency of Canada news release
She argues that victims can now be people who are first-time users of drugs or suffer from chronic pain. On the other hand, people who are more used to using drugs are not spared either.
The crisis exists across the country, but western Canada, including British Columbia and Alberta, is suffering the most, said the statement.
The Agency argues that addressing the crisis requires addressing “the most fundamental social and structural determinants of health, such as risk factors and other causes that can lead to substance use problems” .
Renata Clack is a reporter for Spruce Tribune. She’s worked and interned at Glboal News Toronto and CHECX. Renata is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe Cinnabon addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.