Opioid Mortality

The number of fatal and non-fatal opioid-related toxicity events has risen dramatically over the past decade in Ontario. PHO has collaborated with the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN) and the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario/Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OCC/OFPS) to examine the circumstances that contribute to opioid-related mortality in Ontario in order to better understand and address the unique needs of Ontarians who may be exposed to opioids.

Please see our most recent work below

Report on Changing Circumstances Surrounding Opioid-Related Deaths

This report describes patterns surrounding opioid-related deaths that occurred in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic up to the end of December 2020. It is a follow up to the preliminary report that ODPRN, OCC/OFPS and PHO published in November 2020.

Opioid-Related Deaths in Ontario during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Physical distancing measures intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 may have led to unintended harms. The report analyzes recent trends in opioid-related deaths and compares circumstances of death between two groups: a pandemic cohort and a pre-pandemic cohort. The data was obtained by the OCC/OFPS from investigations of confirmed and suspected opioid-related deaths in Ontario. The Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation also co-authored this report.

2019 Opioid Mortality Surveillance Report

This report describes the trends and characteristics of confirmed opioid-related deaths in Ontario between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Key knowledge users representing the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local public health units, community health centres and people with lived and living experience of pain or substance use informed the development of the report.

Updated 10 Nov 2020