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- In 2019, there were 249 opioid-related ED visits in Windsor & Essex County (WEC), which is 3.2 times greater than the 78 opioid overdose ED visits in WEC in 2007.
- In 2020, there were 304 opioid-related ED visits in WEC, 55 more than reported in 2019
- Opioid-related ED visits almost tripled from 2016 (108 visits) to 2020 (304 visits).
- 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
- Average monthly drug-related emergency department visits were 124.6 per month for 2020 compared to only 100.3 per month for 2018-19 combined
- In 2019, there were 47 opioid overdose deaths reported by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario.
- Forty-four per cent of all opioid-related deaths were males aged 25-44.
- The manner of these deaths in Windsor and Essex County was primarily by accident (86%), with 4.7% being suicides, and 9.3% undetermined.
- Almost two-thirds (64.9%) of accidental opioid-related deaths in Windsor and Essex County (WEC) occurred in a private residence.
- The most common opioid identified in 2019 opioid-related deaths in WEC was fentanyl.
- 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, and buprenorphine/naloxone therapy dispenses increased every year from 2013-2019.
- Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance System (ACES). KFL&A Public Health. Extracted on April 22, 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 August 7, 2020. Source for charts:
- "Deaths from opioid toxicity" - Cited on April 29, 2021
- "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 October 21, 2020. 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 April 22, 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 July 24, 2020. 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.