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Summary of opioid-related hospitalization and mortality surveillance data impacting the residents of Windsor and Essex County.
Last year nearly 2 million people in Ontario filled opioid prescriptions, representing approximately 14% of the overall population, or one out of every seven people (Health Quality Ontario, 2017). These high volumes of opioid being made available in communities across the province have led to higher rates of misuse, abuse and overdose. This is a concern not only for patients who are prescribed opioids but also their family members, and those who obtain these substances on the illicit market. Federal and provincial governments have recently released strategies to address some of these issues however additional action is needed at the local and regional levels.
Overview of opioid misuse in Windsor and Essex County and its burden on the health of our local population.