Source: Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance, KFL&A Public Health Knowledge Management Team. Prepared by City of Hamilton Public Health Services, extracted April 1, 2020.
Visits for general overdoses and drug misuse
- Between March 23 and March 29, 2020 there were 55 emergency department visits at Hamilton hospitals for drug misuse or overdose. This includes overdoses and misuse associated with drugs and substances other than opioids.
Visits for suspected overdoses
- Among the 55 patients visiting Hamilton emergency departments between March 23 and 29, 2020, 27 cases were suspected overdoses, which may have been related to any drug or substance.
Six month trend
Over the past six months, the number of general overdose and substance misuse emergency department visits has been stable.
Visits and hospitalizations for opioid poisoning
In December 2019, there were 68 emergency department visits and 16 hospitalizations for opioid poisoning.
Note: December 2017 and January 2018 and February 2018 ED visit data from St. Joseph's Hamilton were 95% complete at the time of reporting. As a result, opioid ED visits may be temporarily undercounted for this reporting period.
Between March 2019 and July 2019, Hamilton hospitals saw a decrease in opioid poisoning emergency department visits compared to previous months. So far in 2019, on average, there were 68 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.
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