Notes: 2016 data are preliminary. 2017 data is for May to July only.
Source: Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, extracted from the Public Health Ontario Interactive Opioid Tool, December 13, 2017.
Opioid-related deaths are increasing annually in Hamilton. In May through July of 2017, there were 23 confirmed and 6 probable deaths among Hamilton residents. In comparison, there were 11 opioid-related deaths in the same time period in 2016. Note that probable deaths are those for which the investigation to determine cause of death is ongoing.
Preliminary numbers from the Office of the Chief Coroner indicate that 52 Hamilton residents died from opioid toxicity in 2016, which was the highest yearly number of deaths compared to the previous 11 years.
How Hamilton compares
Between 2005 and 2016, and for May through July of 2017, Hamilton had a higher rate of opioid-related deaths when compared to the provincial average. Preliminary data indicate that in May through July of 2017, Hamilton's opioid-related death rate was 2x 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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