CCSA's Focus on Opioids
Canada is in the midst of an opioid crisis. There were more than 9,000 apparent opioid-related deaths between January 2016 and June 2018. These lost lives make the opioid crisis a leading public health and safety concern.
11.8% of Canadians used opioids in 2017 and, among those individuals, 2.9% reported using them for non-medical purposes. Understanding the health and social impacts of opioid use is critical for reducing related risks and harms, as well as for controlling access for therapeutic applications. For that reason, CCSA works together with partners to provide a better understanding of the harms associated with opioid use and help support evidence-based decisions about opioid policy and practice.