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11/18/2016 11:30 EST | Updated 11/19/2017 00:12 EST

Opioid addiction, overdose and death: a Canadian crisis by the numbers

OTTAWA — Health professionals from across Canada are gathered in Ottawa to discuss a growing, urgent health crisis — opioid addiction, overdose and death.

Here is a by-the-numbers look:

Six or seven — Number of Canadians who die daily from opioid overdose, according to Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins

One in eight — Deaths of Ontarians 25 to 34 years in 2010 related to opioids.

100 — Number of times fentanyl is more powerful than morphine.

488 — Number of illicit drug deaths in British Columbia as of the end of August 2016,  according to the coroner, roughly 61 deaths a month.

655 — Number of fentanyl-related deaths in Canada between 2009 and 2014, according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

800  — Number of illicit drug overdose deaths expected in British Columbia in 2016, half of which are expected to involve fentanyl.