Opioid overdoses on the rise in Canada during COVID-19 pandemic

published on May 29, 2020 by Moira Warburton in Reuters

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s opioid-related deaths have been rising since the coronavirus pandemic began, the country’s chief public health officer said on Friday.

Theresa Tam highlighted British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province and the epicenter of the country’s overdose crisis, which had over 100 deaths from illicit drugs in March and April.

“These data indicate a very worrying trend,” Tam said. “It has been over a year since British Columbia observed numbers this high sustained over a two-month period.”

The trend is nationwide, Tam added, pointing to Toronto, whose paramedic service reported that April had the highest number of opioid-related deaths in a month since September 2017…

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