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Opioid Surveillance

Most Recent Update: 2022-04-12

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, 2021.

Graph representing from Table 1

 

Table 1: Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services calls for suspected opioid-related incidents, by month, 2020-2021.

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

Source: Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services, April 12, 2022.

 

Public Health Ontario

 

Table 2: Confirmed Opioid-Related Emergency Department Visits, by month, Porcupine Heath Unit Region, 2018–2021      

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

 

*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 April 12, 2022.

 

Table 3: Opioid-related deaths among Porcupine Health Unit residents, by month, 2018–2021

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

*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 April 12, 2022.