Opioids the leading cause of drug overdose deaths in Alberta

By CityNews Staff

New numbers reveal the majority of drug overdose deaths in Alberta continue to be linked to opioids.

In May, an average of five people a day died of overdoses. Of those 151 were opioid related.

The numbers were down slightly from April — which was this year’s peak — but up from last year. In addition, it’s also significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels.

More than 40 per cent of opioid deaths happen in private residences in 2023.

Alberta does have a digital overdose response app and phone number for when someone is using drugs, it will dispatch help if the user becomes unresponsive.

For complete details on the Government of Alberta report, click here.

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