According to the report prepared by the Canadian Internal Government Advisory Committee, it was noted that the coronavirus epidemic had a knock-on effect on the opioid crisis in the country, and drug-related deaths increased sharply.
According to the committee’s report, 1,628 people died from April to June this year due to opioid overuse.
The report stated that this means a 58 percent increase compared to the same period of 2019 and the highest increase in a period of three months to date.
According to the data in the report, 17,602 people died from January 2016 to June 2020 due to excessive opioid use across Canada.
The following comments were included in the committee report:
“Before the start of the Covid-19 outbreak in Canada, we were seeing early and promising signs that opioid deaths were starting to decline in some parts of the country. But recent national data provide an idea of the severe and worsening impact of the Kovid-19 outbreak on the overdose crisis. Unfortunately, updated estimates released by the Canadian Public Health Agency also suggest that these numbers may remain high in the coming months. “
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WHAT IS OPIOID?
Opioids, a group of drugs derived from poppy, are used both as pain relievers and drugs. Opioids, chemical substances that act like morphine in the body, act by binding to opioid receptors in the central nervous system and gastrointestinal system.
Used as pain relievers, opioids are also known for providing a feeling of happiness, pleasure and relaxation.
Among the opioid group drugs, the most known is OxyContin, which was produced by the US company Purdue Pharma in 1996. Purdue Pharma admitted accusations of OxyContin making large numbers of people addicted to opioids in a US lawsuit last October and was sentenced to $ 8 billion in damages.
Lawsuits filed against the company in Canada for the same reason continue.