Notes: 2017 & 2018 data are preliminary and are subject to change. Preliminary data contains confirmed and probable cases. 2018 only includes Quarters 1, 2 and 3 data.
Source: Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, extracted from the Public Health Ontario Interactive Opioid Tool, March 20, 2019.
Opioid-related deaths are increasing annually in Hamilton.
The preliminary opioid-related deaths during the first 9 months (Jan-Sep) of 2018 (89) is 20% higher than the number of deaths (74) from the same period last year (Jan-Sep 2017).
In 2017, there were 88 confirmed deaths among Hamilton residents. In comparison, there were 52 opioid-related deaths in 2016 (representing a 65% increase in the death rate). Note that probable deaths are those for which the investigation to determine cause of death is ongoing.
How Hamilton compares
Between 2005 and 2017, Hamilton had a higher rate of opioid-related deaths when compared to the provincial average. Preliminary data indicate that in 2017, Hamilton's opioid-related death rate was 72% higher than the provincial rate. In 2016, Hamilton's rate was 48% higher than Ontario's.
For more information about opioid-related deaths in Ontario, view the Public Health Ontario's Interactive Opioid Tool.
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