Opioid related deaths highest in our districts once again

By Rosalind Russell – The Algoma and Sudbury Districts have some of the worst statistics for opioid-related deaths for the last quarter of 2022.

The Office of the Chief Coroner released its update on opioid-related deaths late last week reporting an estimated 55 confirmed and probable opioid deaths in 2022 in the Algoma District while the Thunder Bay District and Sudbury District recorded the highest death rates each with 56 deaths per 100,000.

In the final quarter of 2022, the Algoma Public Health unit led the province with the worst death rate, with 14.1 deaths recorded per 100,000 people.

Of note, men have accounted for three out of every four opioid toxicity deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Photo: Algoma and Sudbury districts continue to hold the distinction of having the highest rates of opioid-related deaths in Ontario, let alone Canada. The latest stats came out as part of the Office of the Chief Coroner’s 2022 Report. Photo provided.

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