CRI­SIS BY THE NUM­BERS

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

In 2016, there were 297 opi­oid-re­lated emer­gency depart­ment vis­its in Hamilton, which is a rate of 52.8 per 100,000 pop­u­la­tion. The On­tario rate was 31.7 per 100,000. In 2016, there were 52 deaths in Hamilton, a rate of 9.2 per 100,000, up from 46 deaths, or 8.3 per 100,000. In On­tario, there were 865 deaths, a rate of 6.2 per 100,000, and 728 in 2015, 5.3 per 100,000. In 2013, fen­tanyl was present in five Hamilton deaths out of 41 opi­oid-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties, or 12.2 per cent. Last year, fen­tanyl was present in 21 deaths out of 52, or 40.4 per cent.

In Septem­ber, the Cana­dian In­sti­tute for Health In­for­ma­tion said there were more than 2,800 ap­par­ent opi­oid-re­lated deaths in Canada. Pre­lim­i­nary data from the first quar­ter of 2017 sug­gests to­tal deaths will be at least 3,000.

Sources: On­tario Pub­lic Health; Spe­cial Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee on the Epi­demic of Opi­oid Over­doses)

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