Reporting

Hamilton Opioid Information System - Deaths

Opioid-related deaths are increasing annually in Hamilton.

Between January and June 2019:

  • 70 Hamilton deaths are probable or confirmed to be opioid related.

In 2018:

  • 124 confirmed opioid-related deaths in the City of Hamilton.
  • The confirmed deaths represent a 41% increase over the same period last year (88 deaths).
  • Between 2016 (52) and 2017 (88) , there was a 66% increase in the opioid-related death rates.

Note that probable deaths are those for which the investigation to determine cause of death is ongoing. 

Note: Preliminary data for Q1 and Q2 of 2019; contains confirmed and probable cases.
Source: Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, extracted from the Public Health Ontario Interactive Opioid Tool, December 13, 2019.

 

How Hamilton compares

Between 2005 and 2018, Hamilton had a higher rate of opioid-related deaths when compared to the provincial average. In 2018, Hamilton's opioid-related death rate was 111% higher than or more than double the provincial rate. In 2017, Hamilton's opioid-related death rate was 73% higher than the provincial rate.  

For more information about opioid-related deaths in Ontario, view the Public Health Ontario's Interactive Opioid Tool.

Source: Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, extracted from the Public Health Ontario Interactive Opioid Tool, December 13, 2019.