Alberta set new high for opioid deaths in 2023 – Global News

May 20, 2024

Alberta’s latest substance-use numbers show the province had its highest opioid-related death totals on record in 2023.

The report shows 1,867 people died from opioid-related causes. Edmonton and Calgary also set new highs last year.

“(I’m) sad, upset, but not surprised,” said Petra Schulz, co-founder of Moms Stop the Harm. “Everybody is subject to the toxic drug supply.”

“While the amount of people losing their lives to addiction is concerning, we are cautiously optimistic about the downward trend in the first two months of 2024,” said Hunter Baril, a spokesperson for the ministry of mental health and addiction, in a statement to Global News.

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