Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Alcohol & Drugs

Opioid ER Visits

Monthly Surveillance
By Year
By Sex
By Age Group
By Income

Monthly Surveillance

Effective April 1, 2017, all Ontario hospitals with emergency departments are required to report all cases of opioid overdose in the emergency department within one week of the occurrence. These reports are summarized on a weekly basis by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. For the seven-month period from April to October, 2017 there were 260 opioid overdose visits at hospitals in Simcoe Muskoka and 234 overdoses among patients from Simcoe Muskoka visiting any hospital. The number of opioid overdoses peaked in July with 69 opioid overdose visits at Simcoe Muskoka hospitals and 54 overdoses among Simcoe Muskoka residents.

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By Year

There were close to 1,000 emergency visits among residents of Simcoe Muskoka for opioid poisonings between 2012 and 2016.

The crude rate for opioid poisoning emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2016 was 48.7 (43.1, 54.8) visits per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 31.7 (30.8, 32.7) visits 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 14-year period from 2003 to 2016. The opioid poisoning emergency visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka have been significantly higher than the provincial rates since 2004.

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By Sex

In 2016, the age-standardized opioid poisoning emergency visit rate among Simcoe Muskoka males was 49.3 (41.3, 58.3) per 100,000, which was not significantly from the female rate of 48.1 (40.3, 57.0) 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 2016.

The opioid poisoning emergency visit rates among both Simcoe Muskoka females and males increased significantly from 2003 to 2016. The male and female opioid poisoning emergency visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka did not differ significantly from each other over this entire 14-year period of time.

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By Age Group

Emergency visits for opioid poisonings is highest among younger adults. The age-specific rates for opioid poisoning emergency visits between 2012 and 2016 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the provincial rates among for all age groups among the population 15 years and older.

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By Income

For the time period from 2013 to 2016 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, emergency visits for opioid poisonings increased significantly in areas with a higher prevalence of low-income. Simcoe Muskoka residents living in areas with the highest prevalence of low-income have nearly four-times the rate of opioid poisoning emergency visits when compared with those living in areas with the lowest prevalence of low-income.

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