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Confirmed 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 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.
  • Opioid-related ED visits have more than doubled from 2016 (108 visits) to 2019 (249 visits).
  • Drug-related emergency department visits have been 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.

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 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.

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) gave out the majority of naloxone kits in both 2018 (73%) and 2019 (83%)
  • 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 July 24, 2020. 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"
    • "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 July 29, 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 July 14, 2020. Source for chart:
    • "Confirmed overdose monthly emergency department visits"
  • Ontario Naloxone Program Quarterly Reporting Forms (2017 to 2019). AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW); Community Health Centre (CHC); WECHU. Cited on February 5, 2020. 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.

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