Health unit mis­counts opi­oid-linked deaths

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A pub­lic health of­fi­cial in a south­west­ern On­tario com­mu­nity says his health agency mis­counted the num­ber of opi­oid-linked deaths in the area for 2015, with the to­tal ac­tu­ally sig­nif­i­cantly lower than a fig­ure pub­lished in a re­port in March. Dr. Wa­jid Ahmed, the as­so­ciate med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health with the Wind­sor-Es­sex County Health Unit, says there were ac­tu­ally 24 opi­oid-re­lated deaths in 2015 and not 43, but the rate of deaths re­mains above the pro­vin­cial av­er­age. Ahmed says there was a mix-up in ge­og­ra­phy when the pub­lic health unit re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from the On­tario coro­ner’s of­fice.

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