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Opioid Surveillance

Most Recent Update: 2023-05-19

The Porcupine Health Unit publishes opioid surveillance information to help inform members of our communities. By collaborating with our partners across the region, opioid-related information can be provided in a timely manner. Public alerts may also be issued across the region if toxic opioids or contaminants are found in the drug supply, or when there are significant increases in opioid incidents.  Data will be updated monthly, or when new information is available.  

  • This data includes cases where the responding paramedic suspects opioid involvement. This may differ from the final diagnosis or cause of death.
  • This data only includes instances in which 911 was called, and are only an estimate of the total number of overdoses in the community.
  • This data is preliminary and subject to change pending further review.
  • Due to the weekly nature of the reporting, totals in months are approximate as some weeks incorporate the end of one month and the beginning of another month.

 

Figure 1: Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services calls for suspected opioid-related incidents, by month, 2023.

 

Figure 2: Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services calls for suspected opioid-related incidents, by month, 2022.

 

Figure 3: Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services calls for suspected opioid-related incidents, by month, 2021.

Graph representing from Table 1

 

Table 1: Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services calls for suspected opioid-related incidents, by month, 2020-2023.

Table 1: Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services calls for suspected opioid-related incidents, by month, 2020-2023
Month - Year 2020 2021 2022 2023
January 11 26 27 22
February 9 15 18 12
March 24 25 18 27
April 22 25 20  
May 18 14 15  
June 26 37 14  
July 19 21 19  
August 27 36 20  
September 49 34 29  
October 30 26 13  
November 13 38 26  
December 21 34 21  
TOTAL 269 321 240  

Source: Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services, May 19, 2023.

 

Public Health Ontario

 

Table 2: Confirmed Opioid-Related Emergency Department Visits, by month, Porcupine Heath Unit Region, 2018–2022.      

Table 2: Confirmed Opioid-Related Emergency Department Visits, by month, Porcupine Heath Unit Region, 2018–2022      
           
Month - Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
January 1 6 10 24 22
February 3 17 7 14 16
March 5 9 19 13 7
April 12 14 12 15 16
May 3 18 17 17 12
June 6 19 11 24 9
July 10 7 16 17 11
August 4 5 22 21 14
September 6 5 30 23 12
October 5 7 22 15  
November 9 16 15 13  
December 8 9 11 15  
TOTAL 64 132 190 211  

*Asterisk denotes preliminary data

Source: Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Interactive Opioid Tool (https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/data-and-analysis/ substance-use/interactive-opioid-tool). Accessed on May 19, 2023.

 

Table 3: Opioid-related deaths among Porcupine Health Unit residents, by month, 2018–2022

Table 3: Opioid-related deaths among Porcupine Health Unit residents, by month, 2018–2022
Month - Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
January 0 1 1 8* 3*
February 1 4 4 2* 2*
March 1 3 2 6* 2*
April 1 1 0 3* 2*
May 0 2 2 2* 6*
June 0 1 7 2* 1*
July 0 0 1 3*  
August 2 0 4 3*  
September 2 1 5 1*  
October 1 0 6 3*  
November 4 6 3 2*  
December 1 3 5 5*  
TOTAL 13 22 40 40  

*Asterisk denotes preliminary data

Source: Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Interactive Opioid Tool (https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/data-and-analysis/ substance-use/interactive-opioid-tool). Accessed on May 19, 2023.