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Opioid-Related Harms in Canada

Vera Grywacheski, Shannon O'Connor, Krista Louie
Healthcare Quarterly 2018, 20 (4): 10-12
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The rise in harms associated with opioids is an issue of increasing public health importance in Canada. The Government of Canada recently reported 2,816 apparent opioid-related deaths across the country in 2016. Recent 2017 data show that deaths involving fentanyl-related opioids have doubled from January to March as compared to the same time period in 2016 (Government of Canada 2017). Additional measures that provide a better understanding of opioid-related harms, such as hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits, are a high priority. The objective of this study is to present pan-Canadian data on hospitalizations and ED visits because of opioid poisoning.

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