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The federal government says at least 2,816 deaths in 2016 were linked to the opioid crisis and that number “will almost certainly” surpass 3,000 in 2017.

Nearly three-quarters of the Canadians who died of opioid-related causes last year were male, while 84 per cent of the deaths involved another intoxicating substance such as alcohol, cocaine or prescription drugs.

Just over half of the deaths were linked to fentanyl-related opioids.

A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) warned the opioid crisis is having a significant impact on the health system as a growing number of Canadians seek emergency hospital care for overdoses.

In the Report:

Key findings: Hospitalizations

Opioid poisonings result in an average of 16 hospitalizations a day in Canada.

Between 2007–2008 and 2016–2017, the rate of hospitalizations due to opioid poisoning increased 53%. Nearly half of the increase occurred over the last 3 years.

Over the last 10 years, older adults age 45 to 64 and seniors age 65+ had the highest rates of hospitalizations. Hospitalizations increased across all age groups, although youth age 15 to 24 and younger adults age 25 to 44 had the fastest-growing rates.

Opioid poisoning hospitalization rates varied across the provinces and territories in 2016–2017, with Northern and Western Canada having higher rates than Eastern Canada.

In 2016–2017, more than half of hospitalizations for opioid poisonings were considered accidental and almost one-third were a result of purposely self-inflicted harm.

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