2,800 died from opioids in 2016
TORONTO — At least 2,816 Canadians died from opioid-related causes in 2016 and that number “will almost certainly” surpass 3,000 in 2017, the country’s chief public health officer predicted Thursday, as officials outlined the scope of the epidemic.
While the western provinces have been hardest-hit — there were 978 illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C. and 586 apparently opioid-related deaths in Alberta in 2016 — the numbers of people dying in Eastern Canada are also rising.
“No area of Canada is necessarily safe from this crisis,” Dr. Theresa Tam told a media briefing from Ottawa.