Report: One More Resident Dies From Opioid-Related Overdose, Seeing Lowest Numbers Among Major Alberta Communities

Another individual in Fort McMurray has died from an apparent opioid-related overdose.

The province provided updated numbers on Tuesday for the entire province over April and May. This includes deaths from fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamines, alcohol, and more.

Locally, the resident passed away in the community in April which raises the total to three for the year.

Fort McMurray is on pace to see its lowest yearly death toll from opioids since the crisis began back in 2016.

The other six major communities – Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, and Grande Prairie – continue to see much higher numbers.

In the first five months of the year, 558 Albertans have overdosed from an apparent opioid. The entire province continues to be on pace to experience the most opioid-related deaths seen in a calendar year.

Meanwhile, no one in Fort McMurray has died as a result of alcohol, cocaine, or methamphetamines in the first five months of the year.

These three substances claimed the lives of 17 individuals in 2020.

Each also saw record death tolls in the community last year with every one happening from March on, which marks the time COVID-19 cases started being recorded and restrictions were introduced across the province.

The other six communities have experienced at least one death from each of the drugs in the first five months of the year.

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