Hamilton Opioid Information System - Emergency Department Visits and Hospital Admissions

Visits for general overdoses and drug misuse

  • Between January 29 and February 4, 2018, there were 66 emergency department visits at Hamilton hospitals for drug misuse or overdose. This includes overdoses and misuse associated with drugs and substances other than opioids. 

Note: Due to technical difficulties, data between December 1, 2017 and January 14, 2018 underestimate the total number of emergency department visits.

Visits for suspected overdoses

  • Among the 66 patients visiting Hamilton emergency departments between January 29 and February 4, 2018, 25 cases were suspected overdoses, which may have been related to any drug or substance.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, data between December 1, 2017 and January 14, 2018 underestimate the total number of emergency department visits.

Six month trend

Over the past six months, the number of general overdose and substance misuse emergency department visits has been stable.

Source: Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance, KFL&A Public Health Knowledge Management Team. Prepared by City of Hamilton Public Health Services, extracted February 6, 2018.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, data between December 1, 2017 and January 14, 2018 underestimate the total number of emergency department visits.

 

Visits and hospitalizations for opioid poisoning

In October 2017, there was a decline in emergency department visits and hospitalizations for opioid poisoning, compared to previous months.

Between October 2016 and September 2017, Hamilton hospitals have seen a sustained increase in opioid poisoning emergency department visits compared to previous months. In 2017, on average, there were 42 emergency department visits and 10 hospitalizations per month.

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.

Source: Hamilton Health Sciences, IDS: National Ambulatory Care Reporting System (NACRS), extracted January 15, 2018