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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 2020

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 the number of deaths have remained high through 2018, 2019 and the first four months of 2020.

Full Trend Grouped Years

Type of Opioid Directly Contributing to Accidental Opioid-Related Deaths, May 2017 to April 2020

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 – April 2020) fentanyl was detected in 80% of 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: 306
Ontario (number and per cent)
Total: 4,069
All types of fentanyl combined 244 (80%) 3,141 (77%)
Fentanyl 210 (69%) 2,688 (66%)
Carfentanil 56 (18%) 649 (16%)
Heroin 37 (12%) 292 (7%)
Methadone 31 (10%) 541 (13%)
Morphine 29 (10%) 326 (8%)
Oxycodone 26 (9%) 319 (8%)
Hydromorphone 15 (5%) 359 (9%)
Codeine 9 (3%) 97 (2%)
Fentanyl analogues 6 (2%) 71 (2%)

Source: Coroner’s Opioid Investigative Aid. May 2017 to April 2020, Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario, extracted July 20, 2020.

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

Resources related to opioid use data

Learn about Peel's opioid strategy.