Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on Friday that the COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to an increase in drug-related overdoses and deaths.
Dr. Tam said that the current public health measures put in place to reduce the spread of the virus may increase isolation, stress and anxiety and, in turn, increase drug and substance usage.
“Addiction is not a choice, it’s a treatable medical condition,” she added as she urged people to seek help for themselves and people they know by calling social services or visiting supervised consumption sites.
“There are indications that the street drug supply is going more unpredictable and toxic in some parts of the country,” She added.
Canada reported a total of 126,848 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, including 9,102 deaths.
The recovery rate currently stands at 89 per cent.
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Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.
Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.
As a highly developed country, Canada has the seventeenth-highest nominal per-capita income globally as well as the thirteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks.
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