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​Brant/Brantford Opioid Information System

The Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) is collaborating with the Brant Community Healthcare System, Brant-Brantford Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Brantford Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, and St. Leonard’s to provide timely opioid-related information to the public, community partners, and individuals who use substances.

Opioid Information Highlights

Opioid overdoses

In 2019 (January - July):

  • EMS responded to 93 incidents related to opioid overdose.
  • 33% more incidents compared to same period in 2018 (63 incidents).

In 2018:

  • EMS has responded to 139 incidents related to opioid overdose.
  • Most incidents involved males (71%) and those aged 20-39 (64%).
  • 35% fewer incidents compared to 2017 (213 incidents).

 

Naloxone

In 2019 (January - July)

3,145 naloxone kits distributed across  community:

  • 368 - by BCHU
  • 2,208- by local pharmacies*
  • 569 - by community agencies

In 2018:

3,678 naloxone kits distributed across community:

    • 69 - by BCHU
    • 3,106- by local pharmacies
    • 503 - by community agencies
* 2019 data not yet available for Pharmacies beyond June
(May and June preliminary)
Emergency Department (ED) visits

In 2019 (January - July):

  • There were 107 ED visits for opioid overdose.
  • 2.0 times more visits compared to same period in 2018 (53 ED visits).

In 2018:

  • 118 ED visits for opioid overdose.
  • Many visits were due to accidental overdose (84%).
  • 42% fewer visits compared to 2017 (204 ED visits).

 

Deaths

In 2019 (January - July):

  •  27 deaths (suspected**)

In 2018:  

  • 18 Brant residents died from opioid overdose 

In 2017:

  •  25 Brant residents died from opioid overdose.

**pending confirmation by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario


* last updated on August 20, 2019