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A new report from the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN) reports 2,050 opioid overdose deaths during the period from March - December 2020, an increase from 1,162 in the same time period in 2019.

The largest increase in overdose deaths was among those aged 25-44.

The presence of fentanyl was noted in 87% of the deaths during the pandemic, as compared with 75% of the deaths in the pre-pandemic year.

The vast majority of overdose deaths continue to be accidental.

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