Opioid Usage - Statistics in Niagara

Suspected opioid overdoses responded to by Niagara Region Emergency Medical Services (2017-2018)

Data source: EMS Edge, 2018

  • 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, 82 hospitalizations and 40 deaths. Death data for 2017 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 (2018)

Data source: Niagara Region Public Health, December 2018

  • Currently, naloxone is distributed through participating Ontario pharmacies, community health centres, methadone clinics, detention centres and addiction treatment facilities
  • In January, 82 naloxone kits were distributed by community partners (not including pharmacies) to the drug users and their families. Twenty-four kits were used during this same time period.

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