According to a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), called "Opioid-Related Abuses in Canada," published Wednesday, 48 people were hospitalized in St. Johns in 2017 due to opioid poisoning.
The amount of hospitalizations for 2017 for St. John's is 21 per 100,000 (up to 11.9 years from 2016), and the province as a whole in 2017 is 16.6 per 100,000, and six – from 2016
"Prices have risen in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia as they have fallen to other provinces," the report said. "North and Western regions of Canada continue to have the highest levels of hospitalizations due to opioid poisoning."
The report found that the incidence of damage due to opiate poisoning continued to increase in Canada, with the number of hospitalizations rising by 27% over the past five years.
Between 2016 and 2017, the incidence of hospitalizations due to opiate poisoning increased by 8% in Canada.
In Ontario and Alberta between 2016 and 2017, the rate of visits to emergency departments due to opiate poisoning increased by 73% and 23%, respectively.
The fastest growing incidence of hospitalizations and emergency visits due to opioid poisoning occurred in men aged 25-44.
Opioids are described as effective drugs that play a role in managing pain in many patients. Opioid poisoning occurs when an opioid is taken incorrectly and causes damage. Incorrect use includes a mis-dose, self-administered opioids taken in combination with another prescribed drug or alcohol, and a self-administered opioid that is not acceptable as recommended.
Hospitalization related to opioid poisoning was categorized in the report as: accidentally (58% in Canada in 2017) – poisoning was considered unintended and includes accidental drug poisoning, improperly given or mistakenly taken drug and medication taken inadvertently ; (30% in Canada in 2017) – poisoning has occurred as a result of deliberately harming harm; unknown (12% in Canada in 2017) – poisoning is due to documentation of a doctor with undetermined / unknown intent.