Nearly 1,500 died from opioid overdoses last year in Canada

Ottawa, Nearly 1,500 Ontarians in Canada died from opioid overdoses last year, according to newly released provincial data.

Public Health Ontario has released updated statistics showing 1,473 people died from opioid-related causes in 2018, a jump of about 17 per cent from the previous year.

In 2017, a total of 1,261 people died from an opioid overdose, which was a roughly 45 per cent increase from 2016, when 867 people died.

Source: Jordan News Agency