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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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Paramedic services calls

 

Year to date: 45

Year-to-date calls for suspected opioid overdose between January 1 and March 31, 2022. 

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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.

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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.

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Opioid-related deaths

 


There were 27 confirmed opioid-related deaths among Halton residents from January to December 2021. 

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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).

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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.

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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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