Opioids, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, & Alcohol Claim 24 Lives in Fort McMurray Over Past 10 Months

Eight more people in Fort McMurray have died from an opioid-related death.

The government of Alberta released updated numbers last week highlighting a total of 443 deaths across the province.

Over the first 10 months of the year, 904 Albertans have died from an opioid overdose which is already the province’s highest yearly total with two months still unaccounted for.

Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Jason Luan noted COVID-19 is likely the main reason for the increase in cases.

“The past few months have led to increased fear and anxiety, isolation, disruption to in-person services, job uncertainty, and more. This has exacerbated the struggles of many Albertans, including those struggling with substance use.”

September was the worst month in Fort McMurray in the past four years as five individuals passed away.

This past October and December 2017 had the second most deaths with three each.

Four people have also died from methamphetamine, four from cocaine, and three from alcohol so far in 2020.

In total these substances, along with opioids, have claimed 24 lives in the community.

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