Reporting

Hamilton Opioid Information System - Opioid Overdoses

Since January 1, 2021, Hamilton Paramedic Services responded to 12 incidents related to suspected opioid overdoses.

  • Since January 2017, the majority of cases (74%) were male, and the average age was 37 years.
  • 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 January 11, 2021.

 

Map of paramedic incidents related to opioid overdose

 

Note: This map shows the concentration of opioid-related paramedic incidents between January 1, 2017 to June 16, 2020.

Ward 2017 2018 2019 2020 Total Count Percent
1 16 19 24 7 66 3.85%
2 156 170 203 107 639 37.37%
3 103 100 188 63 454 26.55%
4 39 38 56 17 150 8.77%
5 25 23 23 7 78 4.56%
6 9 8 12 3 32 1.87%
7 14 13 16 7 50 2.92%
8 18 16 10 9 53 3.10%
9 10 12 16 2 40 2.34%
10 5 8 11 5 29 1.70%
11 3 9 3 2 17 0.99%
12 2 4 1 1 8 0.47%
13 11 5 7 2 22 1.29%
14 1 4 10 2 17 0.99%
15 3 7 4 2 16 0.94%
n/a         39 2.28%

Note: From 2017 to June 2020, of the 1710 Paramedic calls related to opioids, 39 cases were unable to be assigned a ward.