Six people died due to a fatal opioid overdose in Grande Prairie in the months of September and October. According to new data from the Alberta Substance Use Surveillance System, the six acute substance deaths were related to non-pharmaceutical opioids.
The most recently reported losses bring the year-to-date total for accidental opioid overdoses in the community to 36, giving it a rate of 62.9 per 100,000 person-years, and overall acute substance deaths to 40.
Across Alberta, 290 opioid deaths were reported in August, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,203. Albertans struggling with addiction can contact the Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322 for support, information, and referral to services. The toll-free, confidential helpline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.