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Learn about the opioid epidemic in the United States, including information about treatment and recovery from opioid addiction.
BC Ministry of Health
Hope and Healing Resource Pamphlet
Research evidence has shown that there are similarities between the difficulties loved ones face when someone dies due to substance use and death by suicide.
This document from the is intended for the loved ones of individuals who died by suicide. However, the pamphlet includes helpful information that could also guide families who mourn a loved one due to substance use.
Alberta Health Services, 2017
This document from the is intended for the loved ones of individuals who died by suicide and while it is written with the input and for indigenous people, the document includes helpful information that could also guide any family who mourns a loved one due to substance use.
As of August 29, 2017:
- in 2016, sadly there were 2,816 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada
- from January to March 2017, there were at least 602 apparent opioid-related deaths and it is expected that this count will rise as additional data become available
- most apparent opioid-related deaths occurred among males (73%)
- the number of apparent opioid-related deaths involving fentanyl-related opioids more than doubled in January to March 2017 as compared to the same time period in 2016
National and regional trends
The current data indicate that Western Canada has been hardest hit by the crisis; however, several other provinces and territories are reporting increases in apparent opioid-related deaths.
Types of substances involved
Apparent opioid-related deaths often involve a mix of substances, including one or more opioids as well as non-opioid substances. Most (84%) apparent opioid-related deaths were found to also involve one or more types of non-opioid substances. According to available data, in 2016 approximately 84% of apparent opioid-related deaths also involved one or more types of non-opioid substances.