By Age Group
There were approximately 550 hospitalizations among residents of Simcoe Muskoka for opioid poisonings between 2011 and 2015.
The age-standardized rate for opioid poisoning hospitalizations in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2015 was 18.0 (14.5, 21.5) per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 13.2 (12.6, 13.8) per 100,000 population.
There was a significant upward trend in the opioid poisoning hospitalization rates in Ontario over the 13-year period from 2003 to 2015; however, the trend was not significant for Simcoe Muskoka over this same time period. The opioid poisoning hospitalization rates in Simcoe Muskoka have been significantly higher than the provincial rates since 2004.
In 2015, the age-standardized opioid poisoning hospitalization rate among Simcoe Muskoka males was 18.0 (13.0, 23.0) per 100,000, which was the same as the female rate of 18.0 (13.1, 23.0) per 100,000. The opioid poisoning hospitalization rates for both Ontario males and females were significantly lower than the comparable Simcoe Muskoka rates in 2015.
The Simcoe Muskoka male and female opioid poisoning hospitalization rates did not change significantly from 2003 to 2015. The male and female opioid poisoning hospitalization rates in Simcoe Muskoka did not differ significantly from each other over this entire 13-year period of time.
By Age Group
The age-specific rates for opioid poisoning hospitalizations between 2011 and 2015 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among adults between the ages of 45 and 64 years with a rate of 33.0 (29.0, 37.0) discharges per 100,000. The Simcoe Muskoka opioid poisoning hospitalization rates were significantly higher than the provincial rates for all age groups under 65 years of age.
For the time period from 2011 to 2015 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, hospitalizations for opioid poisonings decreased significantly with higher levels of household income. Simcoe Muskoka residents living in the bottom 20% of household income experienced nearly double the rate of opioid poisoning hospitalizations when compared with those living in the top 20% of household income.