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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: 106

Year-to-date calls for suspected opioid overdose between January 1 and July 31, 2021. 

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Emergency department visits

  


Year to date: 72

Year-to-date visits by Halton residents to an emergency department in Ontario for a confirmed opioid overdose between January 1 and July 31, 2021. This is lower than the number of visits that occurred during this period in 2020 (89 visits) or 2019 (139 visits), but involves preliminary data and may be subject to underreporting.

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Naloxone distribution and use

 


The Halton Region Health Department directly distributed 335 naloxone kits over the last 12 months. The most kits were distributed in Oakville, followed by Burlington. 284 (85%) of the kits distributed were refill kits.

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Opioid-related deaths

 


There were 8 possible opioid-related deaths among Halton residents from January to March 2021. 

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Suspect drug-related deaths

 


There were 33 suspected drug-related deaths among Halton residents from January 1 to June 30, 2021. This is higher than the same period in 2020 (23 death), but similar to the same period in 2019 (30 deaths).

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Halton compared to Ontario

 


Rate of emergency department visits
In 2020, the rate of emergency department visits for confirmed opioid overdose among residents of any age was 29.4 visits per 100,000 in Halton and 84.5 visits per 100,000 in Ontario.

From 2014 to 2020, the rate of emergency department visits for opioid overdose has increased in Ontario and 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 6.5 deaths per 100,000 in Halton and 16.3 deaths per 100,000 in Ontario. 

From 2014 to 2020, the rate of opioid-related deaths has increased in Ontario and has been consistently higher in Ontario compared to Halton.
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.

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