Public Health report released on opioid crisis

Opioids

The latest report from Public Health shows the Atlantic region has so far seen a much lower impact from the opioid crisis than the rest of the country.

The report says the number of opioid-related deaths increased nationally for a third straight last year to 4,460 -- up from 4,100 in 2017 and just over 3,000 in 2016.

The agency says Western Canada continues to be see the biggest impact while deaths are much lower in the Atlantic provinces -- with Nova Scotia seeing the highest number at 47 last year, followed by New Brunswick with 27, Newfoundland and Labrador at 10 and P.E.I. at 7.

But it notes data from Newfoundland and Labrador and P.E.I. includes only deaths where investigations have been completed.