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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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Police services calls

 

Year to date: 204

Year-to-date calls for suspected opioid overdose between January 1 and October 31, 2020.

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Paramedic services calls

 

Year to date: 144

Year-to-date calls for suspected opioid overdose between January 1 and October 31, 2020. This is lower than the same period in 2019 (189 calls).

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Emergency department visits

  


Year to date: 113

Year-to-date visits by Halton residents to an emergency department in Ontario for a confirmed opioid overdose between January 1 and October 31, 2020. This is lower than the same period in 2019 (168 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 305 naloxone kits over the last 12 months. The most kits were distributed in Burlington, followed by Oakville. 274 (90%) of the kits distributed were refill kits.

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Opioid-related deaths

 


There were 13 opioid-related deaths among Halton residents from January to June 2020. There were 30 opioid-related deaths among Halton residents in 2019, which is lower than 2018 (44 deaths).

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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 38 visits per 100,000 in Halton and 71 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 2019, the rate of opioid-related deaths among residents of any age was 4.9 deaths per 100,000 in Halton and 10.3 deaths per 100,000 in Ontario.

From 2014 to 2019, the rate of opioid-related deaths has been consistently higher in Ontario compared to Halton Region.
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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