On the frontline of Addictions & Opioid Crisis

Maple Leaf

Canada is the world's second highest per-capita user of opioids.

In 2016, 11% of Saskatchewan opioid deaths involved fentanyl. In 2018, the deaths involving fentanyl jumped to 45%, the largest in Canada.

State of the Crisis

State of the Crisis Video

Fentanyl accounts for more than 70 percent of opioid related deaths.

Opioid Crisis

Saskatchewan has the third highest rate in Canada for opioid-related hospitalizations.

Opioid-related deaths involving fentanyl are growing faster in Saskatchewan than anywhere in Canada.

Last year, the opioid crisis killed 4,588 Canadians - that's one every two hours.

Face of Addiction

Opioid related hospitalizations have increased by

since 2013 in Saskatchewan.

Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction Video

10% of patients given a 5-day perscription for an opiod are still taking them a year later.

This risk doubles to 20% after a 10-day perscription.

1 in 5 Canadians killed by opioids never lived to see their 30th birthday.

Drug overdose deaths in Saskatchewan have increased by 40% in just the last 10 years.

Today, 12 more Canadian mothers will mourn the loss of their child due to the addictions crisis.

There is no "typical" face to addiction. It doesn't matter if you're rich or poor.

It's a disease that cuts across race, class, gender, income and social status.

Heartbeat

Due to the opioids crisis, from 2016 to 2017, life expectancy for men and women in Canada did not increase,

the first time that had happened in more than 40 years.

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I work on the frontlines of the addictions crisis. On some weekends I see up to 4 overdoses.

- Ally | ER Registered Nurse

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The crisis is here, and it's everywhere, and it's affecting people very close to you.

- Sarah | Family Physician

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It's faces that you wouldn't expect to see. Addiction doesn't know age or gender. It doesn't know culture. It doesn't differenciate.

- Evan Bray | Regina Chief of Police

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We've seen an increase in the number of people coming through our ER with substance-induced psychosis.

- Pam | Registered Psychiatric Nurse

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You can be laying on a stretcher with things all over your body trying to keep you alive and you are still defending the disease.

- Megan | 25 years, 3 times OD survivor