Paramedic services calls
Year to date: 45
Year-to-date calls for suspected opioid overdose between January 1 and March 31, 2022.
Emergency department visits
Year to date: 38
From January 1 to March 31, 2022, there were 38 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 (33 visits) and 2020 (35 visits), but lower than the number that occurred during this period in 2019 (68 visits). However, data from 2022 are preliminary and subject to underreporting.
Naloxone distribution and use
The Halton Region Health Department directly distributed 454 naloxone kits over the last 12 months. The most kits were distributed in Oakville, followed by Burlington. 330 (73%) 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 11 suspected drug-related deaths among Halton residents known to the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario from January 1 to March 31, 2022. This is lower than 2021 (16 deaths) but the same as 2020 (11 deaths).
Halton compared to Ontario
Rate of emergency department visits
From January to June 2021, the rate of emergency department visits for confirmed opioid overdose among residents of any age was 14.3 visits per 100,000 in Halton (compared to 15.0 during the first six months of 2020) and 53.4 visits per 100,000 in Ontario (compared to 39.2 during the first six months of 2020).
From 2014 through the first half of 2021, the rate of opioid-related ED visits in Halton has been consistently lower compared to Ontario.
Rate of opioid-related deaths
From January to June 2021, the rate of opioid-related deaths among residents of any age was 3.5 deaths per 100,000 in Halton (compared to 2.3 during the first half of 2020) and 9.6 deaths per 100,000 in Ontario (compared to 7.3 during the first half of 2020).
From 2014 through the first half of 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.