Share of deaths from opioid overdose in Canada involving fentanyl 2018, by province

This statistic shows the percentage of deaths from accidental apparent opioid overdose in Canada in 2018 involving fentanyl, by province. In that year, 88 percent of opioid overdose deaths in British Columbia involved fentanyl.

Percentage of accidental apparent opioid overdose deaths in Canada in 2018 involving fentanyl or fentanyl analogues, by province

Percentage of opioid deaths
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Release date

June 2019



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Supplementary notes

Data reported by some provinces and territories do not include all stages of investigation (ongoing, completed) or time periods. Updates to previously reported data will be provided in future reports.

* Data from British Columbia and available data from Quebec for 2018 include deaths related to all illicit drugs including, but not limited to, opioids. Data on deaths related to illicit drugs where fentanyl (or fentanyl analogues) was detected is used here to approximate apparent opioid-related deaths involving fentanyl (or fentanyl analogues)

** For Alberta, 2018 data on accidental apparent opioid-related deaths involving fentanyl or fentanyl analogues were only available from January to September.

*** For Ontario, only data on deaths with completed investigations, where relevant toxicology information was available, were included in percentages for fentanyl or fentanyl analogues were involved.

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