By Age Group
There were nearly 1,000 emergency visits among residents of Simcoe Muskoka for opioid poisonings between 2011 and 2015.
The age-standardized rate for opioid poisoning emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2015 was 43.4 (37.8, 48.9) per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 28.5 (27.6, 29.3) per 100,000 population.
There was a significant upward trend in the opioid poisoning emergency visit rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario over the 13-year period from 2003 to 2015. The opioid poisoning emergency visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka have been significantly higher than the provincial rates since 2004.
In 2015, the age-standardized opioid poisoning emergency visit rate among Simcoe Muskoka males was 47.8 (39.4, 56.1) per 100,000, which was not significantly from the female rate of 39.1 (31.6, 46.3) per 100,000. The opioid poisoning emergency visit rates for both Ontario males and females were significantly lower than the comparable Simcoe Muskoka rates in 2015.
The opioid poisoning emergency visit rates among both Simcoe Muskoka females and males increased significantly from 2003 to 2015. The male and female opioid poisoning emergency visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka did not differ significantly from each other over this entire 13-year period of time.
By Age Group
Emergency visits for opioid poisonings is highest among younger adults. The age-specific rates for opioid poisoning emergency visits between 2011 and 2015 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the provincial rates for adults between 20 and 64 years of age as well as older seniors 75 years and older.
For the time period from 2011 to 2015 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, emergency visits for opioid poisonings decreased significantly with higher levels of household income. Simcoe Muskoka residents living in the bottom 20 per cent of household income experienced double the rate of opioid poisoning emergency visits when compared with those living in the top 20 per cent of household income.