The opioid crisis in Canada: driven by both illegal and prescription opioid use. Fentanyl and analogues appear to be fuelling the rise in opioid-related deaths.

Daily on average 14 (approx.) people die due to opioid overdose and 16 opioid-related hospitalizations each day in Canada

While the opioid crisis has affected every region of the country, western Canada (British Columbia and Alberta) and the northern territories (Yukon and Northwest Territories) have experienced the highest burden.

Nationally, most apparent opioid-related deaths occurred among males (74%); individuals between 30 and 39 years of age accounted for the greatest proportion (28%).