Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Alcohol & Drugs

Opioid Deaths

Monthly Surveillance
Trend over Time
By Type of Drug
By Age and Sex

Monthly Surveillance

In May of 2017, the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario changed their approach in investigating drug-related deaths to provide more timely data. Opioid-related deaths data from 2017 (January-December) are now available on the Public Health Ontario Interactive Opioid Tool. In 2017 there were 74 confirmed and 4 probable opioid-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka. Opioid deaths peaked in August of 2017 with 16 confirmed opioid deaths. This represents a 70 per cent increase from the 46 opioid-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka report for 2016. These data are considered preliminary and subject to change

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Trend over Time

The 2017, the crude opioid-related death rate in Simcoe Muskoka was 13.8 (10.9, 17.2) deaths per 100,000, which was significantly higher than the comparable provincial rate of 8.9 (8.4, 9.4) deaths per 100,000. The rate of opioid-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka has been significantly higher than the provincial rates over the past five years (2013 to 2017 combined). There has been a significant increasing trend in opioid poisoning deaths both in Simcoe Muskoka and across all of Ontario since 2005. These data are considered preliminary and subject to change.

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By Type of Drug

In 2016, there were 46 opioid deaths among Simcoe Muskoka residents, including 15 that were related to fentanyl. This was nearly twice the number of fentanyl-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka when compared with the two previous years, each of which saw eight fentanyl related deaths. From 2013 to 2016, there were an average of 40 opioid deaths per year among Simcoe Muskoka residents, with approximately one-in-four deaths related to fentanyl. The per cent of opioid deaths related to fentanyl has increased over the past decade. The per cent of opioid deaths related to oxycodone has decline significantly since 2009-2012 when this drug was involved in half of all opioid deaths; however, oxycodone was still involved in one-in-five opioid deaths between 2013 and 2016. The per cent of opioid deaths involving morphine has been declining over time, while deaths involving codeine, hydromorphone and heroin have been increasing over time. Between 2013 and 2016, methadone was involved in nearly one-in-three opioid deaths in Simcoe Muskoka, the most of any drug for this time period.

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By Age and Sex

Opioid poisoning deaths in Simcoe Muskoka are highest among younger adult males. Between 2013 and 2016 (combined), there were 61 opioid poisoning deaths among adult males between the age of 25 and 44 years for a rate of 23.2 (17.8, 29.8) deaths per 100,000, which was more than double the rate for any other age group for both males and females.

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The deaths data come from the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario.