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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 December 2018:

  • EMS responded to 8 incidents related to opioid overdose.

From January to December 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 same period last year (213 incidents).

Naloxone

From January to December 2018:
  • 2,632 naloxone kits have been distributed across the community:
    • 65 - by BCHU
    • 2,085 - by local pharmacies*
    • 482 - by community agencies
* October and December data not yet available for Pharmacies and data for community agencies incomplete for December.
Emergency Department (ED) visits

In December 2018:

  • There were 7 ED visits for opioid overdose.

From January to December 2018:

  • 114 ED visits for opioid overdose.
  • Many visits were due to accidental overdose (85%).
  • 44% fewer visits compared to same period last year (204 ED visits).

Deaths

In 2018:  January to September
  • 13 Brant resident died from opioid overdose.

In 2017:
  • 25 Brant residents died from opioid overdose.
  • The number of opioid-related deaths tripled compared to 2016 (8 deaths).

* last updated on February 13, 2019