High Rates of Drug-Related Overdoses – May 1, 2021

Windsor-Essex County

Date/Time/ Approximate Location

May 1st, 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 April 23rd and April 29th of 2021. Over this consecutive seven day period, it has been identified that there were twelve (12) opioid overdoses, ten (10) of which involved fentanyl and two (2) of which involved other opioids that have not been specified at this time. On April 29th specifically, there were five overdoses that involved fentanyl, two overdoses that involved non-opioid substances, and one overdose in which the substances involved are unknown. Additionally, on April 29th, there were seven (7) EMS Overdose Notifications flagged by the system. Together, these indicators meet our thresholds for an extreme Alert. 

Partners involved in the WECOSS, including the 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