Note: Preliminary data for Q1 and Q3 of 2019; contains confirmed and probable cases.
Source: Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, extracted from the Public Health Ontario Interactive Opioid Tool, March 25, 2020
Opioid-related deaths are increasing annually in Hamilton.
Between January and September 2019:
90 Hamilton deaths are probable or confirmed to be opioid related.
- 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.
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.
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