The Opioid Crisis in Canada
The opioid crisis is devastating families and communities across Canada. Tragically, the crisis has worsened since the onset of COVID-19, with 7,560 deaths recorded in 2021 (Health Canada). Opioid poisoning can happen anytime—to a friend, a colleague, or a loved one. Knowing how to respond could save a life.
Canadian Red Cross is committed to helping communities reduce opioid-related deaths by increasing Canadians’ access to response training and providing guidance on how to administer naloxone. This life-saving medication temporarily reverses the life-threatening effects of opioid poisoning. We are focused on helping Canadians to better understand the risks, stigmas, and misconceptions of opioid poisoning.