Source: Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance, KFL&A Public Health Knowledge Management Team. Prepared by City of Hamilton Public Health Services, extracted August 15, 2017.
Visits for general overdoses and drug misuse
In the past week (August 7 to August 13, 2017), 61 patients sought care at Hamilton emergency departments for drug misuse or overdoses. This includes overdoses caused by drugs other than opioids.
Over the past six months, the number of general overdose emergency department visits has been stable.
Emergency department visits for Opioid poisoning
Between October 2016 and April 2017, Hamilton hospitals have seen a sustained increase in opioid poisoning emergency department visits compared to previous months. In May 2017, the latest month of available data, there were 37 emergency department visits at these facilities due to opioid poisoning.
For more information about opioid-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations among Ontario and Hamilton residents, view the Public Health Ontario's Interactive Opioid Tool. Note that the number of emergency department visits on the tool for Hamilton count the visits among Hamilton residents, while the numbers on this page count the number of patients visiting Hamilton hospitals.
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