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Confirmed overdose monthly emergency department visits

Annual opioid-related ED and hospital visits

ED opioid visits by sex and age group

Drug-related emergency department visits

  • In 2018, there were 216 opioid-related ED visits in Windsor & Essex County (WEC). which is 2.8-times greater than the 78 opioid overdose ED visits in WEC in 2007.
  • The highest number of opioid overdoses was experienced by males ages 25 to 44 years in WEC.
  • Substance emergency department (ED) visits occurred on average 3 cases daily in 2018.

Deaths from opioid toxicity

Deaths opioid-related by sex and age group

Opioid-related mortality living arrangments

Opioid-related mortality location

Opioid-related mortality by drug type

  • In 2018, there were 51 opioid overdose deaths reported by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario
  • The majority of deaths were among City of Windsor residents
  • The manner of these deaths was primarily by accident (86.3%) followed by suicide (3.9%)
  • Sixty-three per cent of accident opioid deaths in WEC were among male residents especially in the 25-44 year age group
  • Sixty-eight per cent of opioid-related deaths occurred indoors at a private residence in WEC
  • The most common opioid identified in these deaths was fentanyl

Ontario Naloxone Program Summary

Opioid agonist therapy

  • In 2018, mental health and addiction services distributed 3,059 naloxone kits in WEC
  • The AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW) gave out the majority (73%) of naloxone kits
  • Opioid agonist therapy dispenses have increased among WEC residents between 2013 and 2017
  • Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance System. ED Line Listings. January 1, 2017 to March 17, 2019. Extracted March 18, 2019.
  • Source for ED visit data: National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, July 2016 to September 2018. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, IntelliHEALTH ONTARIO. Extracted March 2019.
  • Source for hospitalizations: Discharge Abstracts Database, July 2016 to September 2018. Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, IntelliHEALTH ONTARIO. Extracted March 2019.
  • Coroner's Opioid Investigative Aid, May 2017 to June 2018, Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario, extracted October 29, 2018.
  • Ontario Drug Policy Research Network. Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool. Toronto, ON; July 2018. DOI: 10.31027/ODPRN.2018.01. Available from:
  • AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW), WECHU and Community Health Centre (CHC) Ontario Naloxone program 2017-2018

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy or timeliness of the information generated by this tool.

Non-internal data are obtained from the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), including data from Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance System (ACES) is a dynamic disease reporting system which allows ongoing updates to data previously entered. As a result, data extracted from NACRS and ACES represent a snap shot at the time of extraction and may differ from previous or subsequent reports.

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