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Opioid Reporting

 
Halton Region monitors opioid use in the community. The Region’s overdose early warning system enables rapid detection of situations involving opioids that require a public health or community response through data collection and surveillance, and by collaborating with community partners including first responders and hospitals. Opioid reporting provides a monthly snapshot of opioid activity in Halton Region. To learn more about opioids, including information about overdoses and where to get help for treatment, visit the Opioids page.
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Paramedic services calls

 

Year to date: 162

From January 1 to December 31, 2022, there were 162 calls for suspected opioid overdose responded to by Halton Region Paramedic Services. This is lower than the number of calls responded to during 2021 (184 calls), 2020 (176 calls) or 2019 (230 calls).

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Emergency department visits

  


Year to date:  147

From January 1 to December 31, 2022, there were 147 visits by Halton residents to an emergency department in Ontario for a confirmed opioid overdose. This is lower than the number of visits that occurred during 2021 (155 visits), 2020 (158 visits) or 2019 (204 visits). However, data from 2022 are preliminary and subject to underreporting.

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Naloxone distribution and use

 


The Halton Region Health Department directly distributed 356 naloxone kits over the last 12 months. The most kits were distributed in Oakville and Burlington. 225 (63%) of the kits distributed were refill kits.

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Opioid-related deaths

 


There were 20 confirmed opioid-related deaths among Halton residents from January to June 2022.  This is similar to the number that occurred during 2021 (19 deaths) and higher than 2020 (14 deaths).

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Suspect drug-related deaths

 


There were 47 suspected drug-related deaths among Halton residents known to the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario from January 1 to December 31, 2022. This is lower than the number of deaths that occurred during 2021 (62 deaths) or 2020 (52 deaths). Data are preliminary and subject to change.

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Halton compared to Ontario

 


Rate of emergency department visits
In 2021, the rate of emergency department visits for confirmed opioid overdose among residents of any age was 31.6 visits per 100,000 in Halton (compared to 29.6 during 2020) and 114.0 visits per 100,000 in Ontario (compared to 84.6 during 2020). From 2014 through 2021, the rate of opioid-related ED visits in Halton has been consistently lower compared to Ontario.

Rate of opioid-related deaths
In 2021, the rate of opioid-related deaths among residents of any age was 6.7 deaths per 100,000 in Halton (compared to 6.6 during 2020) and 19.2 deaths per 100,000 in Ontario (compared to 16.6 during 2020). From 2014 through 2021, the rate of opioid-related deaths in Halton has been consistently lower compared to Ontario.

Data source: Opioid-related morbidity and mortality in Ontario tool, Public Health Ontario.

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Opioid reports

 
 


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.


03/22/2022 - Opioid Monitoring - February 2022 (external link)
03/01/2022 - Opioid Monitoring - January 2022 (external link)
02/09/2022 - Opioid Monitoring - December 2021 (external link)
11/25/2021 - Opioid Monitoring - October 2021 (external link)
10/22/2021 - Opioid Monitoring - September 2021 (external link)
09/27/2021 - Opioid Monitoring - August 2021 (external link)
08/19/2021 - Opioid Monitoring - July 2021 (external link)
07/30/2021 - Opioid Monitoring - June 2021 (external link)
06/25/2021 - Opioid Monitoring – May 2021 (external link)
06/01/2021 - Opioid Monitoring – April 2021 (external link)
04/29/2021 - Opioid Monitoring – March 2021 (external link)
03/24/2021 - Opioid Monitoring – February 2021 (external link)
02/19/2021 - Opioid Monitoring – January 2021 (external link)
01/21/2021 - Opioid Monitoring – December 2020 (external link)
12/22/2020 - Opioid Monitoring – November 2020 (external link)
11/17/2020 - Opioid Monitoring – October 2020 (external link)
10/22/2020 - Opioid Monitoring – September 2020 (external link)
09/24/2020 - Opioid Monitoring – August 2020 (external link)
08/18/2020 - Opioid Monitoring – July 2020 (external link)
07/21/2020 - Opioid Monitoring – June 2020 (external link)
07/17/2020 - Opioid Monitoring – May 2020 (external link)
05/19/2020 - Opioid Monitoring – April 2020 (external link)
04/23/2020 - Opioid Monitoring – March 2020 (external link)
03/17/2020 - Opioid Monitoring – February 2020 (external link)
02/18/2020 - Opioid Monitoring – January 2020 (external link)
01/20/2020 - Opioid Monitoring – December 2019 (external link)
12/13/2019 - Opioid Monitoring – November 2019 (external link)
11/19/2019 - Opioid Monitoring – October 2019 (external link)
10/16/2019 - Opioid Monitoring – September 2019 (external link)
09/17/2019 - Opioid Monitoring – August 2019 (external link)
08/20/2019 - Opioid Monitoring – July 2019 (external link)
07/15/2019 - Opioid Monitoring – June 2019 (external link)
06/17/2019 - Opioid Monitoring – May 2019 (external link)
05/22/2019 - Opioid Monitoring – April 2019 (external link)
04/16/2019 - Opioid Monitoring – March 2019 (external link)
03/19/2019 - Opioid Monitoring – February 2019 (external link)
02/19/2019 - Opioid Monitoring – January 2019 (external link)
01/18/2019 - Opioid Monitoring – December 2018 (external link)
12/18/2018 - Opioid Monitoring – November 2018 (external link)
11/20/2018 - Opioid Monitoring – October 2018 (external link)

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