Last year, 25 people in Newfoundland and Labrador died after taking drugs
Ages range between 22 and 57, with deaths noted in nearly every region in province
There were men and women, all across Newfoundland and Labrador. One person hadn't made it to their 23rd birthday and the oldest was 57.
Numbers released from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner show 25 people accidentally overdosed on drugs last year — an increase of five people from two years ago.
Of those deaths, powerful pain killer fentanyl — which has claimed thousands of lives across Canada — contributed to seven deaths.
Carfentanil, which is 100 times more potent than fentanyl, was a factor in one death.
In some overdoses, more than one drug contributed to the death. Here's a breakdown:
- Oxycodone: 9
- Morphine: 7
- Fentanyl: 7
- Methadone: 7
- Hydromorphone: 2
- Carfentanil: 1
Numbers provided by Dr. Simon Avis, chief medical examiner, to CBC News show nine people died as the result of taking a single opiate.
Ten people died after taking a combination of opiates and cocaine, while three people were killed after mixing alcohol and opiates.
Two people died after ingesting a cocktail of different opiates, and one person died by mixing Carfentanil and methamphetamine.
Of those who died, 17 were men and eight were women. They ranged between the ages of 22 and 57.
Broken down by region:
- St. John's-metro area: 15
- Central Newfoundland: 4
- West coast Newfoundland: 2
- Avalon Peninsula: 2
- Labrador: 2
Health Minister John Haggie said in an interview Tuesday that, in addition to overdose deaths, 57 people were hospitalized last year for overdosing.
However, Haggie acknowledged that there are likely many more that go undetected after they use naloxone kits at home.