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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.

Paramedic services calls

There were 68 calls for suspected opioid overdose responded to by Halton Region Paramedic Services from . This is higher than the number of calls during this period in 2023 (60 calls) and 2022 (61 calls).

Emergency department visits

There were 31 visits by Halton residents to an emergency department in Ontario for a confirmed opioid overdose from . This is lower than the number of visits that occurred during this period in (46 visits) and (69 visits). However, data for are preliminary and subject to underreporting.

Naloxone distribution and use

There were 502 naloxone kits over the last . The most kits were distributed in Burlington and Oakville. 245 (49%) of the kits distributed were refill kits.

There were 29 confirmed opioid-related deaths known to the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario from . This is lower than the number that occurred during this period in (39 deaths) and similar to (36 deaths). Data for onwards are preliminary and subject to change.

Suspect drug-related deaths

There were 16 suspect drug-related deaths among Halton residents from . This is similar to the number that occurred during this period in (14 deaths) and less than in (19 deaths). Data are preliminary and subject to change.

Halton compared to Ontario

Rate of emergency department visits

In , the rate of emergency department visits for confirmed opioid overdose among residents of any age was 30.7 visits per 100,000 in Halton (compared to 31.6 during ) and 80.2 visits per 100,000 in Ontario (compared to 114.0 during ). From , the rate of opioid-related ED visits in Halton has been consistently lower compared to Ontario.

Rate of opioid-related deaths

In , the rate of opioid-related deaths among residents of any age was 6.2 deaths per 100,000 in Halton (compared to 6.3 during ) and 16.7 deaths per 100,000 in Ontario (compared to 19.1 during ). From , 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. Includes preliminary death data for .

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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