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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 overdoses

Between January 1
and March 31, 2018:
  • EMS responded to 35 incidents related to opioid overdose, which made up 0.9% of all the EMS responses in that period
In 2017:
  • EMS responded to 213 incidents related to opioid overdose
  • Most individuals with suspected opioid overdoses were males (70%) and those aged 20-39 (67%)
Naloxone

Between January 1
and March 31, 2018:
  • 34 naloxone kits were distributed by BCHU
  • 83 naloxone kits were distributed through local pharmacies (January data only)
In 2017:
  • 663 naloxone kits were distributed across the community, including 490 kits by local pharmacies and 173 kits by BCHU
Emergency Department (ED) visits

Between January 1
and March 31,  2018:
  • 19 ED visits for opioid overdose
In 2017:
  • 204 ED visits for opioid overdose, peaking in the third quarter and dropping off in the last quarter of 2017.
  • Most visits were due to accidental overdose (74%)
Deaths

In January to October, 2017:
  • 17 Brant residents died from opioid overdose
  • The number of opioid related deaths nearly tripled compared to the same period in 2016 (6 deaths)



* last updated on April 24, 2018