Opioid Usage - Statistics in Niagara

Suspected opioid overdoses responded to by Niagara Region Emergency Medical Services (2016-2017)

Data source: EMS Edge, Data extracted July 2017

  • In 2016, there were a total of 155 suspected opioid overdoses, but by the end of June 2017, there have already been 209 suspected opioid overdoses
  • The majority of suspected overdoses occurred in individuals age 26-45
  • The majority of suspected overdoses occurred in men

Opioid-related morbidity and mortality (2016 - 2017)

 Data source: Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Interactive Opioid Tool. Toronto, ON: Queen's Printer for Ontario; 2017

  • In 2016, there were a total of 297 opioid poisoning emergency department visits, and 82 hospitalizations. Death data for 2016 is still considered to be preliminary.
  • In 2016, fentanyl was the most common type of opioid present at the time of death (present in 35% of deaths), followed by hydromorphone (present in 25% of deaths)

Naloxone use in Niagara (2016 - 2017)

 Data source: Positive Living Niagara, July 2017

  • In 2016, 147 naloxone kits distributed by StreetWorks were used
  • In the first half of 2017, there have already been 190 StreetWorks naloxone kits used
  • The majority (71%) of naloxone used through StreetWorks is used on males
  • Currently, naloxone is also distributed through participating Ontario pharmacies, community health centres, methadone clinics, detention centres and addiction treatment facilities


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