Opioid Death Toll In Canada Nearly 4,000 In 2017, New Data Shows

OTTAWA — Nearly 4,000 Canadians died from apparent opioid overdoses last year, with men the most likely victims and fentanyl the clear culprit, new government figures show.

The numbers released Tuesday came as the federal government announced plans to severely restrict the way drug companies market opioids to doctors.

The death toll rose to almost 4,000 in 2017 from about 3,000 in 2016.

The figures show that 78 per cent of victims were male and that fentanyl or fentanyl analogues were...

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