High Rates of Drug-Related Overdoses – April 14, 2021

Windsor-Essex County

Date/Time/ Approximate Location

April 5th through April 11th, 2021

Windsor, Ontario


Event description

The Windsor-Essex CountHiy Health Unit’s surveillance and monitoring system has identified an increase in drug-related overdoses between April 5th through April 11th, 2021. There were 10 opioid-related emergency department visits during this time (6 overdoses and 4 non-overdoses). Five of the 6 overdoses involved fentanyl, while all of the non-overdoses involved fentanyl. Additionally, we received 5 EMS notifications yesterday alone (April 13). Based on our comparisons to previous years for this week, these numbers are extremely high and warrant a community alert.

Partners involved in the WECOSS including WECHU, Windsor Regional Hospital, Essex Windsor-EMS, Erie Shores Healthcare, and Police Services 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 Overdose Notification System, Windsor Police Services