Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Alcohol & Drugs

Opioid Deaths

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.


The 2016, the crude opioid poisoning death rate in Simcoe Muskoka was 8.3 (6.1, 11.0) deaths per 100,000, compared with the provincial rate of 6.2 (5.8, 6.6) deaths per 100,000. The rate of opioid poisoning deaths in Simcoe Muskoka has been significantly higher than the provincial rates over the past four years (2013 to 2016 combined). There has been a significant increasing trend in opioid poisoning deaths both in Simcoe Muskoka and across all of Ontario since 2005.


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.


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