Update About the Opioid – and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada – Government of Canada

March 2021

The COVID-19 outbreak is worsening the already deadly and ongoing public health crisis of opioid overdoses and death. It is having a tragic impact on people who use substances, their families, and communities across Canada. People who use substances, such as opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamine, are experiencing a number of increased risks, with several jurisdictions reporting higher rates of fatal overdoses and other harms.

This update includes data on deathshospitalizations and Emergency Medical Services responses involving opioids and/or stimulants between January 2016 and September 2020, where available.

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