#GlobalNews: “Opioid overdoses killed more than 1,000 Canadians in the first quarter of 2018” #Toronto #Montreal #Calgary #Ottawa #Canada
More than 1,000 Canadians misplaced their lives to obvious opioid overdoses within the first three months of 2018, in keeping with new knowledge launched Tuesday.
The Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses launched new figures Tuesday that confirmed that there have been greater than 8,000 opioid-related deaths between January 2016 and March 2018.
The variety of opioid-related deaths from January to March 2018 rose 16 per cent from the identical interval in 2017.
The overwhelming majority of the 1,036 deaths within the first quarter of 2018 had been unintentional, mentioned the report. Nearly three-quarters of unintentional deaths concerned fentanyl or fentanyl analogues — a slight enhance from 2017.
British Columbia had 390 deaths in early 2018, the best within the nation. Ontario was second with 320 deaths.
Many unintentional deaths additionally concerned non-opioid substances, like alcohol, cocaine, or benzodiazepines.
“The latest data suggest that the crisis is not abating,” wrote committee co-chairs Dr. Theresa Tam and Dr. Robert Strang in an announcement.
“We want to emphasize that the current crisis does not discriminate. It impacts people from all walks of life, all age groups and all socioeconomic backgrounds.”
The new numbers reveal a altering sample of overdoses, they mentioned. “Historically, overdose-related deaths tended to be concentrated among people who had consumed drugs for a prolonged period. The current crisis reveals a wider spectrum —from persons who pass away the first time they take drugs, to persons living with chronic pain, to persons more experienced with substance use.”
“In order to address the opioid crisis, we need to explore the deeper social and structural determinants of health, such as risk factors and other causes that can lead to problematic substance use. We will continue to examine all available evidence to better understand the evolving trends of this crisis and to adjust our response efforts.”
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