Note: Preliminary data for 2020; contains confirmed and probable cases.
Source: Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, extracted from the Public Health Ontario Interactive Opioid Tool, March 3, 2021.
Opioid-related deaths are increasing annually in Hamilton.
As of November, 113 Hamilton deaths are probable or confirmed to be opioid related.
105 Hamilton deaths are probable or confirmed to be opioid related.
- 123 confirmed opioid-related deaths in the City of Hamilton.
- The confirmed deaths represent a 40% 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.
How Hamilton compares
Between 2005 and 2019, Hamilton had a higher rate of opioid-related deaths when compared to the provincal average.
- In 2019, Hamilton's opioid-related death rate was 75% higher than the provincial rate. A decrease in opioid-related death rate was noted from 2018 to 2019 in Hamilton.
- 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.
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