Paramedic services calls
Year to date: 70
Year-to-date calls for suspected opioid overdose between January 1 and May 31, 2022.
Emergency department visits
Year to date: 57
From January 1 to May 31, 2022, there were 57 visits by Halton residents to an emergency department in Ontario for a confirmed opioid overdose. This is similar to the number of visits that occurred during this period in 2021 (55 visits), but lower than the number that occurred during this period in 2020 (69 visits) or 2019 (110 visits). However, data from 2022 are preliminary and subject to underreporting.
Naloxone distribution and use
The Halton Region Health Department directly distributed 457 naloxone kits over the last 12 months. The most kits were distributed in Oakville, followed by Burlington. 336 (69%) of the kits distributed were refill kits.
There were 27 confirmed opioid-related deaths among Halton residents from January to December 2021.
Suspect drug-related deaths
There were 20 suspected drug-related deaths among Halton residents known to the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario from January 1 to May 31, 2022. This is lower than 2021 (26 deaths) but similar to 2020 (19 deaths).
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 31.7 visits per 100,000 in Halton (compared to 29.6 during 2020) and 113.8 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 4.3 deaths per 100,000 in Halton (compared to 6.6 during 2020) and 15.8 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.
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.