2,066 Canadians Died of Opioid Overdoses in the First Half of 2018. The Trudeau Liberals Mocked Some of Them
More than 2,000 Canadians died at the hands of the opioid crisis in the first half of 2018, according to new numbers released by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
That means the total number of opioid-related deaths in the country since January 2016 is now at least 9,000. Numbers for the second half of 2018 have not been released.
“These statistics suggest that we have not yet turned the tide on the crisis,” a release from the health agency read.
An overwhelming majority of the reported deaths in 2018, at 94 per cent, were caused by accidental overdoses, 72 per cent of which were related to fentanyl.
The government report noted that the continuing crisis contributed to the slowing of Canada’s life expectancy — which was steadily rising from 2000 to 2016.
As previously reported in British Columbia, where the crisis has been most pronounced, the life expectancy has fallen.
B.C. recorded the most deaths in the first six months of 2018 at 754; that number encompasses all illicit drugs, including opioids.
The second-highest death toll was in Ontario, where 638 people died.