The number of fentanyl-related deaths is increasing across the province year over year.
In the first three months of 2018, 158 people died from an apparent overdose, according to the Health Ministry’s first-quarter report on Opioids and Substances of Misuse.
This is up from this time last year where there were 119 deaths, however, it’s down from the end of 2017 which saw an additional 183 people overdose.
Two of the deaths were in Fort McMurray, down from the five to start last year.
The North Zone, which includes the RMWB, has seen a total of eight overdoses, the lowest amount across the province.
In January and February, there were also nine EMS responses to potential overdoses across the municipality, by far, the lowest among all major communities in the province.
Fort McMurray also has the second lowest rate of apparent drug overdoses related to fentanyl per 100,000 person-years, sitting at 10.1 per cent, only behind Medicine Hat at 5.8 per cent.