Canadians are dying at a slower rate, with improved outcomes for cancer and circulatory diseases although young Canadians and greatly men aged 20 to 44 are dying at a faster rate.

Statistics Canada believes that the opioid crisis is a major cause of Canada’s stalled life expectancy.

“The drug overdose crisis occurring in Canada was a major contributing factor in the changes seen in life expectancy from 2016 to 2017, especially for men,” the agency wrote in a report.