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Opioid Overdoses

We closely monitor trends in emergency department visits, paramedic calls, hospitalizations and deaths related to opioid use in Peel.

We use this information to alert partners and stakeholders and help inform effective responses and service delivery to residents.

We are also working with partners to develop an Opioid Strategy for Peel. The goal is to ensure we are collaborating on initiatives to prevent and reduce harms related to opioid use in the region.

The information reported on this page is updated quarterly.

Opioid-Related Deaths in Peel, 2016 to 2019

Between 2005 and 2013, the number of opioid-related deaths per year in Peel remained stable (average: 26 deaths per year).

The number of deaths increased sharply in 2014 (45 deaths) and again in 2017 (81 deaths). This graph shows the increase in 2017 deaths began in June and has been constant through the first three months of 2019.

Full Trend Grouped Years

Type of Opioid Directly Contributing to Accidental Opioid-Related Deaths, May 2017 to March 2019

Before 2014, the percentage of opioid-related deaths in Peel where fentanyl was detected was low (average: 13%). Coinciding with the increase in total opioid-related deaths in 2014, the percentage of opioid-related deaths where fentanyl was detected also increased sharply to 35% between 2014 and 2016.

Of the most recent opioid-related deaths in Peel (May 2017 – March 2019) fentanyl was detected in over 75% of the deaths. It should also be noted that more than one type of opioid can be detected per death.

Type of Opioid Peel (number and per cent)
Total: 235
Ontario (number and per cent)
Total: 2,904
All types of fentanyl combined 184 (78%) 2,218 (76%)
Fentanyl 157 (67%) 1,834 (63%)
Carfentanil 43 (18%) 522 (18%)
Heroin 32 (14%) 242 (8%)
Methadone 27 (12%) 379 (13%)
Morphine 23 (10%) 240 (8%)
Oxycodone 21 (9%) 239 (8%)
Hydromorphone 11 (5%) 251 (9%)
Codeine 8 (3%) 75 (3%)

Source: Coroner’s Opioid Investigative Aid. May 2017 to June 2019, Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario, extracted October 28, 2019.

Note: The following substances had five or fewer deaths in Peel – buprenorphine, fentanyl analogues, hydrocodone (0), oxymorphone, tramadol (0), and UA7700.

Resources related to opioid use data

Learn about Peel's opioid strategy.