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Spiralling overdose deaths continued in Alberta throughout the first two months of 2021 with 228 opioid-related fatalities recorded in January and February — marking a 153-per-cent improve in comparison with the identical time interval final yr.
New knowledge launched by authorities reveals nearly all of opioid overdose deaths occurred in Calgary and Edmonton with 70 and 72 fatalities, respectively. Nonetheless, the municipality with the best demise fee is Grand Prairie at 55.1 per 100,000 folks for the primary two months of the yr.
Comparatively, Calgary’s fee sits at 29.9 and the provincial fee is 30.3.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the overdose disaster in Alberta. Final yr was the deadliest on report for drug-related fatalities and the brand new knowledge suggests related traits will proceed as long as the worldwide COVID-19 disaster rages on.
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