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Our country's crisis

Canada faces a growing opioid crisis. In 2017 alone, there were roughly 4,000 opioid-related deaths, of which over 90 per cent were accidental or unintentional (PHAC, 2018). Securing data on opioid-related overdoses and harms is crucial to the design and delivery of effective interventions. And yet, timely and accurate data, particularly on non-fatal overdoses occurring in communities, remains limited. This must change.

MaRS seeks to engage innovative Canadians – people and organizations of all backgrounds and skills – to propose and test new data sets, sources and methodologies to bolster existing information and better measure opioid overdoses and harms in our communities.