Drug overdoses rise in Montreal but government is slow to release figures – Ricochet
December 3, 2020
Organizations serving drug users in Montreal say they’re struggling to respond to an increase in overdoses, compounded by a lack of data from Quebec’s health ministry.
From April through June, 148 people in Quebec died from a suspected drug overdose, compared to 83 in the same period last year, according to data shared by Quebec’s coroner’s office. The office also reported 23 people had died in Montreal in July after taking street drugs, with nearly half that number coming during one eight-day period.