2,066 Canadians died of opioid overdoses in the first half of 2018

2,066 Canadians died of opioid overdoses in the first half of 2018

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 Age

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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.READ MORE: Nearly 4,000 opioid deaths in 1 year, Canada hasn’t called a ‘public health emergency.’ Here’s why“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.WATCH: How profitable is fentanyl

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