Paramedic services calls
Year to date: 52
Year-to-date calls for suspected opioid overdose between January 1 and March 31, 2021.
Emergency department visits
Year to date: 21
Year-to-date visits by Halton residents to an emergency department in Ontario for a confirmed opioid overdose between January 1 and March 31, 2021. This is lower than the number of visits that occurred during this period in 2020 (35 visits) or 2019 (69 visits), but involves preliminary data and may be subject to underreporting.
Naloxone distribution and use
The Halton Region Health Department directly distributed 291 naloxone kits over the last 12 months. The most kits were distributed in Burlington, followed by Oakville. 250 (86%) of the kits distributed were refill kits.
There were 17 possible opioid-related deaths among Halton residents from October to December 2020.
Suspect drug-related deaths
There were 6 suspected drug-related deaths among Halton residents during March 2021. This is similar to the same period in 2020 (4 deaths).
Halton compared to Ontario
Rate of emergency department visits
In 2019, the rate of emergency department visits for confirmed opioid overdose among residents of any age was 39 visits per 100,000 in Halton and 72 visits per 100,000 in Ontario.
From 2014 to 2019, the rate of emergency department visits for opioid overdose has been consistently higher in Ontario compared to Halton.
Rate of opioid-related deaths
In 2020, the rate of opioid-related deaths among residents of any age was 6.3 deaths per 100,000 in Halton and 16.4 deaths per 100,000 in Ontario. Data for October to December 2020 are preliminary, and therefore rates for 2020 are subject to change.
From 2014 to 2020, the rate of opioid-related deaths has been consistently higher in Ontario compared to Halton.
Data source: Opioid-related morbidity and mortality in Ontario tool, Public Health Ontario.
Opioid reporting provides a monthly snapshot of opioid activity in Halton Region. The report summarizes various indicators of opioid activity for the given month, including paramedic services calls and emergency department visits.