The opioid crisis is a complex health and social issue with devastating consequences for individuals, families and communities.

In 2017

  • Around 4,000 Canadians died from an apparent opioid-related overdose, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Every day, an estimated 17 Canadians were hospitalized due to opioid poisoning.
  • According to Statistics Canada’s 2017 Survey on Opioid Awareness, 29% of adults in Canada reported using some form of opioids in the past 5 years. 

CIHI is committed to publicly reporting key data on opioid use and harms in Canada in order to help address the crisis. Learn more about our reports and programs on this page.

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Prescribing opioids

Prescribing of Opioids

The amount of opioids Canadians are prescribed is declining. CIHI’s latest report, published in June 2018, describes pan-Canadian and provincial trends in opioid and benzodiazepine dispensing from community pharmacies between 2012 and 2017. Read Pan-Canadian Trends in the Prescribing of Opioids and Benzodiazepines, 2012 to 2017, or explore the prescribing report’s data tables.

Explore prescribing trends (PDF) Download data table (XLSX)


Related: Read our prescribing trends report published November 2017.

Additional resources

Opioid-Related Harms

Opioid-Related Harms

An estimated 17 Canadians are hospitalized every day due to opioid poisoning. A map, released in June 2018, provides an estimate of opioid-related hospitalizations in Canada in 2017.

Look at the numbers


Related: Learn more about hospitalizations and emergency department visits related to opioid poisoning in the chartbook Opioid-Related Harms in Canada.

Our Role

Opioid reporting

Learn more about CIHI’s opioid surveillance and reporting work. Read about our role and take a closer look at some of the other organizations working to understand and reduce the harms associated with opioid use.

Read about our role