Paramedic services calls
Year to date: 73
Year-to-date calls for suspected opioid overdose between January 1 and May 31, 2020. This is lower than the same period in 2019 (118 calls).
Emergency department visits
Year to date: 44
Year-to-date visits by Halton residents to an emergency department in Ontario for a confirmed opioid overdose between January 1 and May 31, 2020. This is lower than the same period in 2019 (115 visits).
Naloxone distribution and use
The Halton Region Health Department directly distributed 269 naloxone kits over the last 12 months. The most kits were distributed in Burlington, followed by Oakville. 212 (79%) of the kits distributed were refill kits.
There were 22 opioid-related deaths among Halton residents in 2019. This figure has decreased over the previous year (44 deaths in 2018).
Halton compared to Ontario
Rate of emergency department visits
In 2018, the rate of emergency department visits for confirmed opioid overdose among residents of any age was 39 visits per 100,000 in Halton and 63 visits per 100,000 in Ontario.
From 2014 to 2018, the rate of emergency department visits for opioid overdose has consistently been higher in Ontario compared to Halton.
Rate of opioid-related deaths
In 2018, the rate of opioid-related deaths among residents of any age was seven deaths per 100,000 in Halton and 10 deaths per 100,000 in Ontario.
The rate of opioid-related deaths has been consistently higher in Ontario compared to Halton Region over this time period.
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.