Opioid overdoses on the rise in Canada during COVID-19 pandemic
2020-05-29 from thechronicleherald.ca
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.
In Calgary, overdose interventions spiked, with safe injection sites treating 40 overdoses in both March and April, up sharply from 11 in February.
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