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Opioid-related health harms in Algoma

2017 opioid emergency visits by month in Algoma
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Opioid emergency department visits by month in Algoma from 2003-2018

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Opioid-related mortality in Algoma is higher than the average for Ontario, with young, working-age men particularly affected. Opioid-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations are also higher in Algoma, compared to the provincial average. (National Ambulatory Care Reporting System, 2016).

opioid crude death rate from 2012-2016
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A significant amount of Algoma residents are at risk for opioid-related harms due to either prescribed opioid use or illicit substance use. 

In 2016, one in six Algoma residents was prescribed an opioid, compared to one in seven in Ontario (Ontario Drug Policy Research Network, 2016).

Recreational substance use is also common. Based on previous cycles of the Canadian Community Health Survey:

  • 14.8% of Algoma residents reported using an illicit drug in the previous 12 months compared to 13.0% in Ontario
  • 50.2% of Algoma residents reported ever using an illicit drug compared to 40.6% in Ontario


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