High Rates of Drug-Related Overdoses – March 16, 2021

Windsor-Essex County

Date/Time/ Approximate Location

March 9th to March 15th, 2021

Windsor, Ontario


Event description

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s surveillance and monitoring system has identified an increase in drug-related overdoses between March 9th through March 15th, 2021. There were twenty-seven (27) overdose-related emergency department visits during this time period with 7 including opioids specifically. Five of these opioid overdoses involved fentanyl. Based on our comparisons to previous years for this week, these numbers are significantly higher 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