Hamilton Opioid Information System - Emergency Department Visits and Hospital Admissions

Visits for general overdoses and drug misuse

  • Between October 1 & 7, 2018, there were 75 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 75 patients visiting Hamilton emergency departments between October 1 & 7, 2018, 24 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.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, data between December 1, 2017 and January 14, 2018 underestimate the total number of emergency department visits.
Source: Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance, KFL&A Public Health Knowledge Management Team. Prepared by City of Hamilton Public Health Services, extracted October 10, 2018.

 

Visits and hospitalizations for opioid poisoning

In April 2018, there were 31 emergency department visits and 8 hospitalizations for opioid poisoning.
In May 2018, there were 29 emergency department visits and 5 hospitalizations for opioid poisoning.  

Note: December 2017 and January 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 October 2016 and September 2017, Hamilton hospitals saw 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 September 5, 2018

Note: December 2017, 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.