High Rates of Drug-related ED Visits – November 14, 2019

Windsor-Essex County

Date/Time/ Approximate Location

November 15, 2019


Event description

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s surveillance and monitoring system has identified an increase in drug-related Emergency Department (ED) visits on November 14, 2019.

Over a 24-hour period ten cases were flagged by the system. Two were described as opioid-related, one was unknown but believed to be opioid-related, and one described multiple substances consumed. Of note, one of the cases resulted from an individual consuming something they described as a “purple substance”. Methamphetamine was also involved in at least two of the cases. In addition, through Essex-Windsor EMS’ Operational Stress Notification System, the WECHU is aware of two instances of Naloxone being administered by EMS in response to suspected opioid overdose over the same time period.

Partners involved in the WECOSS including WECHU, Windsor Regional Hospital, Essex Windsor-EMS, and Erie Shores Healthcare continue to monitor this increase and are working to understand more about these reported cases.


Please share this information with clients and relevant partners.  If you are aware of any linkages between these cases, or other causes for these increases please contact the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

For signs & symptoms of opioid overdose and what to do, visit the WECOSS website: How Can Overdose Be Prevented?


WECHU (Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance Application - ACES), Essex-Windsor EMS Operational Stress Notification System