High Rates of Drug-related Overdoses – January 22, 2021

Windsor-Essex County

Date/Time/ Approximate Location

January 18th through January 20th, 2021


Event description

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s surveillance and monitoring system has identified an increase in drug-related overdoses between January 18th through January 20th, 2021.  Over this time period there were nine (9) fentanyl related emergency department visits. Between January 18th through January 20th, 2021 there were six (6) opioid overdoses, and all of them involved fentanyl, as well as one (1) additional overdose involving methamphetamine. The overdoses are higher than expected when compared to historical numbers for the same reporting week.

Although not formally confirmed through hospital verification processes, information received in reports from a local community partner have described the use of Carfentanil as the cause of some recent overdoses. 

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, Ontario Naloxone Program Reporting