Hamilton Opioid Information System - Deaths

Opioid-related deaths are increasing annually in Hamilton.

The preliminary opioid-related deaths in Quarter 1 (Jan-Mar) 2018 (34) are almost 2 times higher than the same period last year (20) and similar to the total annual count for 2014. 

In 2017, there were 82 confirmed and 5 probable deaths among Hamilton residents. In comparison, there were 52 opioid-related deaths in 2016 (representing a 65% increase in the death rate). Note: Probable deaths are those for which the investigation to determine cause of death is ongoing.  

Notes: 2017 & 2018  data are preliminary and are subject to change. Preliminary data contains confirmed and probable cases. 2018 only includes 1st Quarter data.
Source: Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, extracted from the Public Health Ontario Interactive Opioid Tool, November 15, 2018.

 

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.

Notes: 2017 data are preliminary and are subject to change.
Source: Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, extracted from the Public Health Ontario Interactive Opioid Tool, May 23, 2018.