Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Alcohol & Drugs

Opioid Deaths

In 2015, there were 43 opioid deaths among Simcoe Muskoka residents, including 8 that were related to fentanyl. From 2012 to 2015, there were an average of 35 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 time since 2005. The per cent of opioid deaths related to oxycodone has decline significantly since 2009-2011 when this drug was involved in half of all opioid deaths; however, oxycodone was still involved in one-quarter of all opioid deaths between 2012 and 2015. The per cent of opioid deaths involving morphine has been declining over time, while deaths involving codeine and hydromorphone have been increasing over time. In 2015, methadone was involved in 15 opioid deaths among Simcoe Muskoka residents - the most of any drug for that year.

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The 2015, the crude opioid poisoning death rate in Simcoe Muskoka was 7.8 (5.7, 10.6) deaths per 100,000, which was significantly higher than the provincial rate of 5.2 (4.8, 5.6) deaths per 100,000. There has been a significant increasing trend in opioid poisoning deaths both in Simcoe Muskoka and across all of Ontario since 2005.
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Opioid poisoning deaths in Simcoe Muskoka are highest among younger adult males. Between 2011 and 2015, the opioid poisoning death rate among adult males between the age of 25 and 44 years was 19.2 (14.7, 24.6) deaths per 100,000, which was significantly higher than 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.