Reporting

Hamilton Opioid Information System - Opioid Overdoses

From January 1 to June 19, 2022, Hamilton Paramedic Services responded to 327 incidents related to suspected opioid overdoses.

  • Since January 2017, the majority of cases (74%) were male, and the average age was 37 years.
  • In 2021, Hamilton Paramedic Services responded to more incidents related to suspected opioid overdoses, 914 incidents (approximately 76 per month), compared to 2020.
  • In 2020, Hamilton Paramedic Services responded to fewer incidents related to suspected opioid overdoses, 565 incidents (approximately 47 per month), compared to 2019. 
  • In 2019, approximately 596 people called 911 for a suspected opioid overdose, which was about 50 per month and 1.3 times higher than 2018. 
  • In 2018, approximately 450 people called 911 for a suspected opioid overdose, which was about 38 per month.

Monthly paramedic incidents

This figure shows the monthly number of paramedic incidents related to suspected opioid overdose in Hamilton since January 10, 2017.

Source: Hamilton Paramedic Services, extracted June 20, 2022.

 

Map of paramedic incidents related to opioid overdose

 

Note: This map shows the concentration of opioid-related paramedic incidents between January 1, 2017 to August 12, 2021.

Ward 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Total Count Percent
1 16 19 24 19 19 97 3.8%
2 159 170 203 244 238 1014 39.8%
3 103 100 190 141 109 643 25.2%
4 39 38 56 37 38 208 8.2%
5 25 23 23 24 39 134 5.3%
6 9 8 12 13 7 49 1.9%
7 14 13 17 24 15 83 3.3%
8 18 16 11 16 12 73 2.9%
9 10 12 16 8 6 52 2%
10 5 8 12 9 8 42 1.6%
11 3 9 3 3 0 18 0.7%
12 2 4 1 6 6 19 0.7%
13 8 5 7 7 5 32 1.3%
14 1 4 9 9 3 26 1%
15 3 7 4 3 1 18 0.7%
n/a 15 14 8 2 1 40 1.6%

Note: Hamilton Paramedic Services, extracted August 13, 2021.