Five people died due to a fatal opioid overdose in Grande Prairie in May. According to data from the Alberta Substance Use Surveillance System, four of the five deaths were linked to non-pharmaceutical opioids.
The latest numbers were tied for the highest monthly opioid-related deaths in the region, with five also being reported in March. 18 deaths in 2022 have been tied to opioids thus far, down from 20 at this point in 2021. The five deaths in May were among 116 reported across Alberta in May.
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.