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Confirmed opioid overdose monthly emergency department visits

Annual opioid-related ED visits and hospitalizations

ED opioid visits by sex and age group

Drug-related emergency department visits

  • In 2020, there were 346 opioid-related ED visits in Windsor & Essex County (WEC), which is 3.2 times greater than the 108 opioid overdose ED visits in WEC in 2016.
  • In 2020, there were 80 opioid-related hospitalizations, up from 59 opioid-related hospitalizations in 2019.
  • Drug-related emergency department visits were higher in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of both 2018 and 2019.
  • Drug-related emergency department visits occurred at a rate of about 3.4 cases on average daily in 2019, but increased to 4.1 cases on average daily in 2020
  • Males 25-44, followed by males 45-64, continue to be the most likely groups to have an opioid-related emergency department visit.

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 2020, there were 63 opioid overdose deaths reported by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario.
  • Forty-one per cent of all opioid-related deaths were males aged 25-44..
  • Over half (53.2%) of accidental opioid-related deaths in Windsor and Essex County (WEC) occurred in a private residence.
  • Fentanyl was the most common opioid identified in 2020 opioid-related deaths in WEC, occurring in 65% of opioid-related deaths.

Ontario Naloxone Program Summary

Opioid agonist therapy

  • In 2018, mental health and addiction services distributed 3,059 naloxone kits in WEC.
  • In 2019, mental health and addiction services distributed 5,378 naloxone kits in WEC.
  • The AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW) (now renamed Pozitive Pathways) gave out the majority of naloxone kits in 2018 (73%), 2019 (83%), and 2020 (70%).
  • Methadone therapy dispenses increased among WEC residents between 2013 and 2018, but have levelled off in 2019 and 2020.
  • Buprenorphine/naloxone therapy dispenses have increased every year from 2013-2020.
  • Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance System (ACES). KFL&A Public Health. Extracted on November 23, 2021. Source for chart:
    • "Drug-related emergency department visits"
  • Coroner's Opioid Investigative Aid. Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario. Distributed via Public Health Ontario. Cited on May 20, 2021. Source for charts:
    • "Deaths from opioid toxicity"
    • "Deaths opioid-related by sex and age group"
    • "Opioid-related mortality living arrangements"
    • "Opioid-related mortality location"
    • "Opioid-related mortality by drug type"
  • Interactive Opioid Tool. Public Health Ontario. Cited on September 1, 2021. Source for charts:
    • "ED opioid visits by sex and age group"
    • "Annual opioid-related ED visits and hospitalizations"
  • National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS). Canadian Institute of Health Information. Distributed via Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Cited on November 23, 2021. Source for chart:
    • "Confirmed opioid overdose monthly emergency department visits"
  • Ontario Naloxone Program Quarterly Reporting Forms (2017 to 2020). Pozitive Pathways; Windsor Essex Community Health Centre (WECHC); WECHU. Cited on March 19, 2021. Sources for chart:
    • "Ontario naloxone program summary"
  • Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool. Ontario Drug Policy Research Network. Cited on June 24, 2021. Source for chart:
    • "Opioid agonist therapy"

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

Non-internal data obtained from the National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), including data from Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance System (ACES) are part of 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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