More than 10,000 Canadians died from opioid overdoses in less than 3 years: PHAC

The opioid crisis claimed more than 10,000 Canadian lives in under three years, according to new quarterly numbers released by the Public Health Agency of Canada.The numbers show that between January 2016 and September 2018, there were 10,337 apparent opioid-related deaths across Canada. In the first nine months of 2018 alone, 3,286 Canadians overdosed.READ MORE: Public Health reveals 629 Ontarians died from opioid overdoses in first six months last yearThe third quarter of 2018 was the deadliest quarter since PHAC first started reporting opioid deaths in 2016 — 1,162 people died between July and September 2018.OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS IN CANADA“The data show that fentanyl and other fentanyl-related substances continue to be a major driver of this crisis,” wrote PHAC in a press release. So far, in the 2018 data, 73 per cent of accidental opioid deaths involved fentanyl. Roughly the same number also involved other non-opioid drugs — meaning that people were taking more than one substance, either accidentally or on purpose.WATCH: Extended interview with parents of a man who died of a drug overdose

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