Hamilton Opioid Information System - Deaths

Opioid-related deaths are increasing annually in Hamilton.

Between January and December 2018 preliminary data indicates that there were:

  • 103 confirmed opioid-related deaths in the City of Hamilton and an additional 19 probable deaths still under investigation by the coroner's office.

The confirmed deaths represent a 17% 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. 

Notes: 2018 data are preliminary and are subject to change. Preliminary data can contain confirmed and probable cases. 
Source: Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, extracted from the Public Health Ontario Interactive Opioid Tool, June 26, 2019.

 

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.