High Rates of Drug-related ED Visits – October 30th-31st

Windsor-Essex County

Date/Time/ Approximate Location

November 1, 2019


Event description

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s surveillance and monitoring system has identified an increase in opioid-related Emergency Department (ED) visits between October 30th and 31st. Of the 11 cases admitted into the area EDs for overdose/intoxication/substance (mis)use in the past two days, five were confirmed to be opioid-related. In addition, through Essex-Windsor EMS’ Opioid Surveillance Notification System, the WECHU is aware of seven instances of Naloxone being administered by EMS in response to suspected opioid overdose in the past week. 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 this reported increase.


Please share this information with clients and relevant partners.  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 Opioid Surveillance Notification System