Opioid Misuse in Windsor-Essex Report Available Online

June 15, 2017 | 3:30 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County

Opioid-Related Deaths Data on Page 8 Corrected

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has corrected the Opioid Misuse in Windsor-Essex Report and has made the updated version available on the website. The only change made in the document is to the number of 2015 opioid-related deaths in Windsor and Essex County reported. As previously reported by the media, incorrect data resulted because of a discrepancy in the way data is captured and reported by the Office of the Coroner and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, which lead to the error on page 8 of the previous version of the report.

We want to thank the local media for informing the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario of the data discrepancies between the report and the online Opioid-related morbidity and mortality in Ontario tool by Public Health Ontario. Although unfortunate, the error does not diminish the value of the report or the impact opioid misuse is having on our community. Opioid misuse continues to remain a significant public health concern as evidenced by the number of opioid related hospitalizations, opioid related emergency department visits, and number of opioid users in our community. We are working diligently with our community partners to develop a comprehensive strategy to address this problem.

~ Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Acting Medical Officer of Health

This experience has provided many valuable lessons on how the Health Unit receives and shares data with our partners. We will continue to explore new data sets to gain a greater understanding of public health issues for our community. This is a core strategic priority for this organization.

~ Theresa Marentette, Acting CEO/ Director, Health Protection,

At this time, we ask that the community discard the previous version of the report and invite the public to visit the Health Unit website to view or download the updated report.

Media Contact
Communications Department
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)


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