Opioid awareness in Canada

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Release date: January 9, 2018
Infographic: Opioid Awareness in Canada
Description: Opioid Awareness in Canada

Opioids are typically pain medications, mostly available by prescription. Some of the most commonly known opioids are fentanyl, OxyContin, morphine and codeine.

3 in 10 Canadians aged 18 and over reported using some form of opioids in the past 5 years.

Of those, more than 1 in 4 have leftover opioids being stored in the home.

Did you know?

Drugs obtained illegally or on the street have the potential to contain fentanyl.

  • 71% aware
  • 14% somewhat aware
  • 15% not at all aware

Fentanyl is a medication used to relieve pain that is about 100 times more potent than morphine.

Opioid issue awareness by province
  Very aware Somewhat aware Not at all aware
British Columbia 38% 48% 14%
Alberta 30% 54% 16%
Saskatchewan 23% 55% 22%
Manitoba 26% 54% 19%
Ontario 26% 52% 22%
Québec 18% 50% 33%
Atlantic Provinces 27% 54% 18%

Level of awareness

Adverse effects of mixing opioids with other medication

  • 72% very aware
  • 18% somewhat aware
  • 10% not at all aware

I would recognize the signs of an opioid overdose

  • 28% agree
  • 51% disagree
  • 22% neither agree or disagree

Percentage of Canadians who agreed they would know how to:

  • 15% obtain Naloxone
  • 10% administer Naloxone
  • 7% both obtain and administer Naloxone

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse an opioid overdose, however, the results are temporary.

For further information on opioids, please visit the following website: Opiod crisis in Canada

Source: Survey on Opioid Awareness, 2017

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