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Opioid Overdose Statistics
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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: https://odprn.ca/ontario-opioid-drug-observatory/ontario-prescription-op...
- 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.