Red Deer opioid death rate 2nd in Alberta based on population

16 fentanyl-related deaths in Red Deer in 2017 so far

Of the fentanyl-related deaths across Alberta this year, 81 per cent occured in cities including Red Deer, Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and Grande Prairie.

Red Deer’s death count stands at 16 so far in 2017. In 2016, the number was higher at 23.

With a 19.3 local death rate, Red Deer has the second highest rate per 100,000 people, in the province in 2017. That number puts the city right behind Grande Prairie at 31.2 while Calgary is sitting at 17.2 and Edmonton is at 12.8 for the same period.

In 2016, Red Deer’s rate was 21.

Alberta Health Services released third quarter statistics on Monday that show so far, in 2017, there have been 482 accidental drug overdose deaths related to opioids. The numbers show a 40 per cent increase in deaths this year, compared to last, with 346 deaths. This means in Alberta 1.8 individuals die every day due to an accidental drug overdose related to opioids.

In the most recent quarter, there were 143 accidental drug overdoses related to fentanyl in Alberta.

In the AHS’s Central Alberta zone, there were 69 accidental fentanyl deaths so far in 2017.

Since January 2016, 757 people in Alberta died from an accidental drug overdose related to fentanyl. This number includes 126 deaths where carfentanil was detected.

Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid, is 100 times more toxic than fentanyl and 10,000 times more toxic than morphine.



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Red Deer building permits on the rise

Building permit applications returned to a seasonal average after slowing in May,… Continue reading

Three patients dead: Edmonton hospital declares full COVID-19 outbreak

EDMONTON — A hospital in Edmonton is no longer admitting patients due… Continue reading

CMHC reports annual pace of housing starts in Canada increased in June

OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of… Continue reading

Trump forgoes insults of past, calls Mexico cherished friend

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who has denigrated Mexican migrants and threatened… Continue reading

Federal website advertising hundreds of non-existent student-volunteer positions

OTTAWA — The federal website advertising volunteer positions for students hoping to… Continue reading

Opinion: Restart our economic engine by supporting oil and gas

“The country isn’t going to recover unless the oil and gas sector… Continue reading

Opinion: COVID costs need restraining

Bill Morneau muttered it best himself on Wednesday as he tabled documents… Continue reading

UPDATE: Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit investigating suspicious death in Leduc

Death of Jacob Michael Chitze, 19, ruled a homicide; RCMP seek video of house party altercation.

Fateful meeting has Vancouver’s Stuart Macdonald on Korn Ferry Tour

Stuart Macdonald wasn’t quite sure what Golf Canada’s Derek Ingram wanted to… Continue reading

Oprah, Lionsgate to help adapt The 1619 Project for film, TV

Oprah Winfrey and Lionsgate are partnering with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones… Continue reading

Sheriff: ‘Glee’ actor Naya Rivera missing in California lake

LOS ANGELES — A Southern California lake will be closed while they… Continue reading

Grizzly bears in the dark as they try to share living space with humans: study

Grizzly bears in the dark as they try to share living space with humans: study

Most Read