Opioid Mortality Surveillance Report

The Ontario Drug Research Policy Network (ODPRN), the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario (OCC) and Public Health Ontario (PHO) have co-published a report that describes the current trends and characteristics of confirmed opioid-related deaths in Ontario between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

This report analyzes 1,337 confirmed opioid-related deaths, the majority of which were accidental (N=1,209, 90.4%).

Among accidental opioid-related deaths:

  • Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues directly contributed to death for almost three-quarters.
  • The majority occurred among males (74.3%) and among persons between the age of 25 and 44 years (52.8%).
  • Nearly half (48.6%) of deceased persons were alone at the time of the incident. Most incidents (59.6%) occurred in a deceased person’s own private residence.
  • Resuscitation was attempted in nearly half (47.8%) of the deaths. Naloxone was administered in approximately one of every five deaths (22.2%).

This information may help inform the tailoring of preventative interventions to better address the unique needs of Ontarians who may be exposed to opioids. Key knowledge users representing the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local public health units, community health centres and people with lived experience of pain or substance use informed the development of the report.

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Updated 17 June 2019