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W5 INVESTIGATES | Is a drug overdose murder?

W5’s documentary ‘Death Penalty' compiles the first-ever research on a growing trend to treat overdose deaths as potential homicides.

Fentanyl pills are shown in an undated police handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)

Counting murders by overdose deaths in Canada

Homicide charges following investigations into overdose deaths in Canada can be described as falling into two categories: pre- and post- fentanyl. W5 found that starting in 2016, there was a significant uptick: 135 manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death charges being laid by police and prosecutors across Canada.

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With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 55th season of investigative journalism. W5 is the most-watched documentary program in Canada, and the winner of several awards including the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.

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