The opioid crisis is a complex health and social issue with devastating consequences for individuals, families and communities. In 2017, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), an estimated 3,996 Canadians died from an apparent opioid-related overdose. 

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

Opioid-Related Harms in Canada

Opioid poisonings are on the rise in Canada — between 2012 and 2017, hospitalization rates increased by 27%. In this latest report, we take a closer look at the rates of hospital stays and emergency department visits due to opioid poisonings, and at how rural and small communities across Canada are affected.

Read the report Explore the findings


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Opioid prescribing

Opioid prescribing

The amount of opioids Canadians are prescribed is declining. Published in June 2018, this report describes pan-Canadian and provincial trends in opioid and benzodiazepine dispensing from community pharmacies between 2012 and 2017.

Read the report (PDF)


Related: Read our prescribing trends report published in November 2017.

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