Used to be that America could easily claim the title of world opioid capital. But when it comes to the most powerful prescription drugs, Canada is now ahead – in part because of higher hydromorphone use.
Canadians have used more hydromorphone than anyone else in the world – by a wide margin – every year since 2006. Use the slider to explore each year.
Canada and the U.S. use far more oxycodone – the active ingredient in OxyContin/OxyNEO, Percocet and other drugs – than the rest of the world. Use the arrows at the bottom of the graphic to compare consumption from year to year. Double-click to zoom. Click and drag to move around.
Canadians use more fentanyl than the U.S., but less than some European countries: