An average of 16 Canadians are hospitalized every day for opioid poisoning, and the national hospitalization rate for this type of poisoning has gone up 53% over the past 10 years.
Pan-Canadian data on opioid-related harms is an urgent priority for the public health sector’s emergency response to the opioid crisis, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of people across the country.
CIHI is committed to providing key data on prescription opioids — which include commonly known types such as fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine, codeine and hydromorphone — through a variety of reports and programs.
Prescribing of Opioids
Canada is the second-largest per capita consumer of opioids, but the amount of the drugs people are getting in each prescription is actually going down. Learn more about these prescribing trends in the report Pan-Canadian Trends in the Prescribing of Opioids, 2012 to 2016.
CIHI is partnering with national health organizations to help address the opioid crisis by playing a leading role in supporting surveillance of substance use.
The opioid crisis in Canada is putting increasing pressure on the country’s health care systems. Learn more about hospitalizations and emergency department visits related to opioid poisoning in the chartbook Opioid-Related Harms in Canada.
Prescription Drug Surveillance
Opioids are 1 of 3 drug classes CIHI is focusing on. Learn more about CIHI’s work on prescription drug use surveillance and reporting.
Clarity in Reporting
A definition of opioid-related death was established in partnership with chief coroners and chief medical examiners to support comparable reporting of opioid-related deaths.