VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – In the past decade alone, the rate of people hospitalized due to opioid poisoning has increased more than 50 per cent, according to new data released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Meanwhile, an average of 16 people a day end up in a Canadian hospital due to opioid poisoning.
How those numbers break down by provinces varies significantly. The territories and western provinces have some of the highest rates in the country, while eastern Canada has some of the lowest.
The following charts show the state of Canada’s opioid crisis.
The most recent opioid hospitalization rates per province:
Of Canada’s 10 largest cities, Edmonton has the highest hospitalization rate for opioids.
BC declared a public health emergency in April of 2016 after an increased number of opioid-related overdose deaths.