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Number of opioid related deaths in Alberta increases in second quarter of 2020

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The number of opioid related overdose deaths in Alberta is on the rise.

The Second Quarter Opioid Response Surveillance Report was released by the province on Wednesday.

It shows the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the struggles of many Albertans including those struggling with substance abuse.

Province-wide, 301 people died between April and June as a result of an opioid overdose.

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In the second quarter of 2020, Lethbridge had the highest rate of apparent drug poisoning deaths related to fentanyl (per 100,000 person years) followed by Red Deer.

The government says prior to the pandemic, provincial efforts to reduce opioid related overdoses had been having a positive impact with an 11.8 per cent decrease in the number of unintentional opioid deaths in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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