Self harm a ‘priority area’ for public health amid 4 affected youth visiting Hamilton EDs a week
The city's manager of mental well-being attributes the emergency room increases to 'unique challenges' that came with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Toronto mayor calls for national summit to tackle mental health crisis
Tory says, coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of federal and provincial spending on mental health is "painfully clear" in Canadian municipalities.
Local advocates excited for ‘bold new approach’ to London, Ont. homeless plan
Mayor Josh Morgan said the $25-million donation is 'by no means' the final cost of the system as it’s something that will require ongoing funding and support.
Street drugs in Canada are becoming more toxic — and tools to treat them less effective. Why?
A rise in highly potent fentanyl mixed with sedatives is making Canada’s street drug supply so unpredictable, tools to prevent overdoses like naloxone are not always effective.
Community safety review finds Penticton needs more help to address concerns
Findings from a community safety review of Penticton were recently published.
Alberta’s opioid poisoning crisis approaching deadly record, data shows
Alberta is on track to see its deadliest year for opioid deaths ever.
Oct 30, 2021
Safe supply is about ‘pulling out all stops’ to prevent opioid crisis deaths: Tam
Canada’s top doctor says street drugs in Canada have become so toxic that offering a safe supply of opioids is one way to prevent deaths.
Dec 24, 2022
Is safe supply for opioid use effective? Here’s what the experts, data say
“It's very difficult to compare pre-2015 levels of overdose to what's happening now because the supply chain has totally changed,” one expert cautioned.
Dec 10, 2022
21 deaths a day: Families hit by opioid crisis want Parliament Hill flag lowered
'It's impossible, any day of the week, to not hear about somebody else who has died ... people who you have known for many, many years and know extremely well,' Wendy Muckle said.
Sep 4, 2022
The opioid crisis is killing Canadians, but where is the political will to solve it?
The drug overdose problem grew in Canada over the course of the pandemic, and advocates say it's time to address it.
Aug 31, 2021
Coronavirus pandemic aggravates opioid crisis amid rise in overdoses, decline in services
"Canadians should be seized with this particular crisis," said chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam last month, given it is "escalating as we speak."
Nov 15, 2020
Opioid deaths doubled among First Nations people in Ontario amid pandemic, report says
The report released Friday says that 116 First Nations people died due to opioid poisoning between March 2020 and March 2021, compared with 50 people in the previous year.
Nov 26, 2021
Canada needs new approach to tackle worsening opioid crisis, study says
There have been more than 15,000 apparent opioid-related deaths in Canada since 2016.
Aug 24, 2020
KFL&A Public Health warns of ‘shadow pandemic’ — the opioid crisis
KFL&A Public Health is sounding the alarm when it comes to the number of overdoses and deaths due to opioids and toxic drugs in the region.
Oct 14, 2021
Canadian drug companies facing $1.1B lawsuit over opioid crisis
Drug companies are facing a class action lawsuit about their role in the opioid crisis in Canada.
May 15, 2019
Opioid crisis: $150M settlement reached in B.C.-led lawsuit to recoup health-care costs
The Canadian arm of Purdue Pharma has agreed to a settlement in B.C.'s 2018 proposed class-action lawsuit against more than 40 opioid manufacturers and distributors.
Jun 29, 2022
Edmonton opioid crisis: Daily deaths, overdoses overwhelming social services and health-care system
'Overdoses are happening across the city. It's happening in the suburbs. It's happening in people's homes. Support is needed across the city in every area.'
Aug 25, 2021
There are growing calls for drug decriminalization. Could it solve Canada’s opioid crisis?
Canada needs a coordinated, national drug possession policy that should be designed to tackle opioid overdose mortalities, experts say.
Nov 9, 2021
Winnipeg opioid crisis taking lives, taxing resources, say WFPS: ‘This is the reality’
'Our health-care system is struggling, we're struggling with paramedic resources, they're struggling in hospital emergency rooms,' says Michelle Bessas of Winnipeg's opioid crisis.
Sep 1, 2021
Discussion on decriminalizing drugs should be considered in wake of opioid deaths: Tam
Dr. Theresa Tam says several provinces -- including British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta -- are seeing concerning spikes in overdose deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Aug 22, 2020
‘The largest health crisis of our generation’: How each federal party plans to deal with the opioid crisis
More than 11,000 people have died of drug overdoses across Canada since 2016.
Sep 16, 2019
Youth may be buying opioids from B.C. drug vending machines, recovery centre warns
The MySafe machines dispense hydromorphone, a medical-grade opioid, providing people with addiction a lifesaving alternative to the toxic drugs circulating on the street.
With 3,996 opioid deaths in 1 year, Canada hasn’t called a ‘public health emergency.’ Here’s why
The governing Liberals contend that declaring a public health emergency would not furnish the government with the resources it needs.
Dec 11, 2018