Alberta Fentanyl Overdose Deaths in 2018 Surpass Previous Year

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The Calgary Zone led the province in the number of fentanyl deaths last year, with 271 reported. The South Zone, which includes Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, reported 43 deaths.

Approximately 13 Albertans a week died from fentanyl overdoses in 2018, according to a new report released by Alberta Health late last week.

The interim fourth quarter Alberta Opioid Response Surveillance Report was released on Friday, and revealed from January 1st to November 11th, 2018 a total of 582 individuals died from an apparent accidental fentanyl overdose, up substantially in the same time period in 2017.

The Calgary Zone led the province in the number of deaths, with 271 reported. The South Zone, which includes Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, reported 43 deaths.

In 2017, the province averaged 11 deaths per week due to fentanyl.

A total of 90 deaths from carfentanil have been reported in Calgary, while 17 deaths were reported in the South Zone. The South Zone, according to the report, has the highest rate of carfentanil related deaths per 100,000 people, and 6.4%. Calgary’s rate of carfentanil related deaths per 100,000 people is 6.3%.

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