Substance use surveillance data

Tracking substance use data helps the government better understand the addiction challenges in Alberta and make informed, strategic decisions about how best to create a recovery-oriented system of care that supports individuals experiencing addiction.

Note: the system is best viewed in Google Chrome.

Data related to substance poisoning deaths and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responses will be updated monthly. The remaining data will be updated quarterly. Numbers will be released 6 weeks after the relevant month or quarter ends.

Quarterly opioid surveillance reports

Prior to the launch of the online system in December 2020, quarterly reports were used to assess not only fentanyl misuse, but the use/misuse of opioids and narcotics in Alberta through existing public health surveillance. This work continues through the interactive system.

Review of medical examiner data

Opioid surveillance interim reports

From 2017 to 2018, interim reports used 6-week data to show apparent drug overdose deaths related to fentanyl.

First Nations reporting

Youth reporting

Government of Alberta’s response to the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate report: