Opioid Surveillance

Brant/Brantford Opioid Information System

The Brant County Health Unit has developed a surveillance dashboard to provide timely information to the public and community partners on the magnitude and trends in opioid-related morbidity and mortality in Brant. Data for the dashboard comes from a variety of sources, including the Ministry of Health, the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario and the Brantford Police Service.

The dashboard includes a series of interactive graphs showing trends in opioid related emergency department visits, deaths and suspected opioid-related incidents (Brantford only) by month and year. Patterns by age, gender and other characteristics are also presented. Data for 2022 and onwards is considered preliminary and subject to change.

Date: November 27, 2023

Issue: Increase in Suspected Opioid Related Drug Poisonings in Brantford-Brant

Public Safety Alert 

November 27, 2023

Issue: Increase in Suspected Opioid Related Drug Poisonings in Brantford-Brant

From November 1- 27, 2023, there have been 27 suspected drug poisonings in Brantford-Brant, including five deaths. This is a higher number of suspected drug poisonings than what is typical for a period of this length. The substance responsible cannot be identified at this time.

Please use caution when using any type of drug that is not prescribed to you. If you are new to drug use, you are particularly at risk should you use drugs that may have unpredictable potency or contain unexpected and dangerous contaminants.

If Someone Overdoses:

  • Call 911.
  • Administer naloxone if an opioid drug poisoning is suspected.
  • Perform rescue breathing and/or chest compressions.
  • Do not give any other substance(s) because this can make the drug poisoning worse.
  • If no improvements, continue to give naloxone two to three minutes apart until paramedics arrive.
  • If you have to leave the person unattended, put them in the recovery position.

If Using Substances:

  • Try not to use alone. If you must use alone, get someone to check on you either by phone or in person, or call the National Overdose Response Service (NORS) at 1-888-688-NORS (6677). NORS will stay on the phone with you while you use drugs and call for help if needed.
  • Go slow if you are using a new substance or have purchased your usual substances from a new supplier. Take a small test dose first to see how it is going to affect you.
  • Purchase from a trusted supplier if possible. Be especially careful if you have recently switched suppliers.
  • Carry naloxone, even if you do not expect to be using opioids. Remember that your drug may be contaminated with fentanyl even if you are not expecting an opioid.
  • The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides protection and immunity from simple possession charges for those who call 9-1-1 in the case of an overdose.

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For more information about opioids, including what to do if someone has an overdose and where to access harm reduction services, please visit the Brant County Health Unit website.

To see the latest opioid-related statistics, please visit the Brant/Brantford Opioid Information System webpage.

This alert is issued by Brant County Health Unit in collaboration with the Brant Community Healthcare System, Brant-Brantford Paramedic Services, Brantford Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Brant FACS and St. Leonard’s Community Services.