Paramedic services calls
Year to date: 131
Year-to-date calls for suspected opioid overdose between January 1 and September 30, 2021.
Emergency department visits
Year to date: 103
Year-to-date visits by Halton residents to an emergency department in Ontario for a confirmed opioid overdose between January 1 and September 30, 2021. This is lower than the number of visits that occurred during this period in 2020 (110 visits) or 2019 (164 visits), but involves preliminary data and may be subject to underreporting.
Naloxone distribution and use
The Halton Region Health Department directly distributed 351 naloxone kits over the last 12 months. The most kits were distributed in Oakville, followed by Burlington. 280 (80%) of the kits distributed were refill kits.
There were 18 possible opioid-related deaths among Halton residents from January to May 2021.
Suspect drug-related deaths
There were 43 suspected drug-related deaths among Halton residents from January 1 to September 30, 2021. This is higher than the same period in 2020 (35 death) and 2019 (36 deaths).
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.
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.