Opioid Deaths Outnumber Crash Deaths In Ontario

Opioid overdoses have quadrupled in last 25 years

Two people a day in Ontario are dying from opioid overdoses. The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network counted 734 such deaths in 2015 – four times as many as in 1991 and exceeding the number of people killed in auto collisions. Prior to 2012 oxycodone was the main culprit, that changed when a tamper deterrent formula was intorduced to the drug. Now the problem is with fentanyl. And while opioid-related deaths occur across all sexes and age brackets, middle-aged men living in lower-income urban settings appear to be the most vulnerable. Click here for more on this story.