The year of 2018 has started badly on the opioid front, with the monthly number of drug overdose deaths jumping by 25% in British Columbia, in Canada. According to the researchers involved in this statistic, the opioid crisis hits Canada after ravaging the US.
The opioid-related death are again on the rise in British Columbia, Canada
The British Columbia Coroner’s Office said yesterday that 125 people died of a drug overdose in January 2018 in comparison with the 100 opioid-related cases registered in December 2017.
Despite this increase, this year has started better than the previous one, 2017, when 142 people lost their lives in January due to opioid overdose. The January 2017 has been the second deadliest month regarding opioid-related deaths. In April 2017, on the other hand, there have been registered 149 opioid-related deaths.
Opioid overdoses cause more death than car accidents in British Columbia
The facts depict that the opioid crisis hit Canada in the last years, also, as it is ravaging the US, as we speak. Besides accidental overdoses, there is intentional consumption of opioids which also include medication that’s normally bought only with a medical prescription.
However, the number of people who die due to opioid overdose is way higher than the number of people who die in car accidents in British Columbia (only 300 deaths per year are due to car accidents).
Last year, the deadliest opioid has been noticed to be the fentanyl
In 2017, more than 1,400 people lost their lives as a result of opioid drugs overdoses in British Columbia. Out of the total number, more than 1,150 had intentionally or unknowingly consumed fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more potent than morphine.
Fentanyl is a synthetic substance of the group of opioid analgesics used as an anesthetic, narcotic, and for the treatment of chronic pain, being released only on special prescriptions for narcotic substances.
It is a powerful opioid analgesic with quick installation and a short duration of action. At a dose of 100 mcg (2 ml), the analgesic effect is approximately equivalent to 10 mg of morphine or 75 mg of pethidine.
A North American opioid crisis is installed right now as the opioid overdoses cause more deaths in both Canada and the US.