Over 3000 Canadians died from opioid-related overdoses in the first nine months of 2018

New data shows 32-hundred Canadians died after apparent opioid-related overdoses in the first nine months of 2018.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says B-C, Alberta and Ontario posted the highest numbers of deaths.

Seventy-three per cent of the accidental overdoses involved fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the figures are a stark reminder of the importance of ramping up efforts to stop the opioid epidemic.