Latest Alert

High Number Of Opioid Overdoses

Date/Time/Approximate Location

January 20th to January 26th of 2023
The City of Windsor and Essex County

Event Description

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s Opioid and Substance Use Notification System has identified an increase in the number of opioid overdose Emergency Department (ED) visits and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) calls inclusively from January 20th of 2023 to January 26th of 2023.

Over this seven-day consecutive period, the system recorded a total of eleven (11) opioid overdose ED visits, nine (9) of which involved fentanyl.

The weekly values exceed our five-year historical average for the current weeks in question by more than two standard deviations above the mean. This value meets our criteria for a public alert.

In addition, from January 28th to January 29th of 2023, the system recorded fifteen (15) substance misuse Emergency Department (ED) visits, eight (8) of which were overdoses and nine (9) EMS calls for suspected opioid overdose.

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.

Suggested Actions

Please share the Alert amongst your networks.  If you are aware of any linkages between these cases or other causes for these increases, please contact the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS USING OPIOIDS, HERE ARE A FEW IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS:

  • Never use alone.
  • Try a very small amount first – “Start low and go slow.”
  • If you use with a friend, do not use at the exact same time.
  • Avoid mixing substances.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if something doesn’t feel right.
  • Have naloxone ready. Know how to respond to and prevent an opioid overdose.

You can also visit the WECOSS Data Dashboard for additional statistics on opioid and other substance use in Windsor-Essex County.

Source

WECHU (Acute Care Enhanced Surveillance Application - ACES), Essex-Windsor EMS Overdose Notification System, Windsor Police Services