Opioids are natural or synthetic substances used to reduce pain in clinical settings, but are also produced and consumed non-medically. Common opioids include oxycodone, hydromorphone and fentanyl. While they can be an effective part of pain management for some medically supervised patients, opioid-related harms such as addiction and overdose present a significant challenge for public health.
Public Health Ontario provides support to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s comprehensive opioid strategy, and to local public health units responding to opioid-related harms. We play an important role in assembling, analyzing and visualizing data on opioid-related morbidity and mortality in Ontario, and providing scientific expertise and consultation.
Data & Analytics
- Interactive Opioid Tool
Explore the most recent opioid-related morbidity and mortality data in Ontario including emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths.
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Ontario Drug Policy Research Network
Canadian Institute for Health Information
Health Quality Ontario