Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Alcohol & Drugs

Cannabis Related Harms Hospitalizations

By Sex
By Age
By Income

As of October 17th, 2018 recreational cannabis is legal for adults in Ontario who are 19 years of age or older. For the purpose of this HealthSTATS page, hospitalizations from cannabis related harms are defined as hospital admissions to an acute care facility or a designated acute adult mental health bed with any diagnosis code specifying a cannabis related poisoning (ICD-10 code T40.7) or a cannabis related mental health condition (ICD-10 codes F12.0-F12.9 or DSM code for cannabis dependence or cannabis abuse). In 2018, approximately 6% of all cannabis related harms hospitalizations in Ontario were due to cannabis poisonings.

In 2018, there were over 200 hospitalizations from cannabis related harms among Simcoe Muskoka residents for an age-standardized rate of 39 (34.1, 44.9) admissions per 100,000 population, which was not significantly different from the Ontario rate of 40 (39.0, 41.1) admissions per 100,000 population.

The rates of hospitalizations from cannabis related harms in Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario have increased significantly from 2003 to 2018. The Simcoe Muskoka rates were significantly higher than the comparable provincial rates from 2003 to 2012; however, from 2013 to 2018 the local and provincial rates have not been significantly different from each other.

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By Sex

In 2018, the age-standardized rate for cannabis related harms hospitalizations among Simcoe Muskoka males was 42 (34.7, 50.4) admissions per 100,000, which was not significantly different from the female rate of 37 (29.6, 44.9) admissions per 100,000. The Simcoe Muskoka rates were not significantly different from the comparable provincial rates for both males and females in 2018.

The cannabis related harms hospitalization rates among Simcoe Muskoka males and females both increased significantly from 2003 to 2016. Hospitalization rates among females also increased significantly in 2017-2018 when compared with 2013-2016; whereas, the male rates remained stable over the same period of time. The male rates were above the female rates for the entire sixteen year time period.

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By Age

For the time period from 2014 to 2018 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, hospitalizations due to cannabis related harms were highest among youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years at 125 (113.2, 137.1) admissions per 100,000. This was double the rate for adults 25 to 44 years of age and more than five-times the rate for any other age group. The age-specific rates for cannabis related harms hospitalizations in Simcoe Muskoka were not significantly different from the provincial rates.

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By Income

For the time period from 2011 to 2016 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, the hospitalization rate for cannabis related harms among those living in areas with the highest prevalence of low-income was 75 (65.2, 85.7) admissions per 100,000, which was more than double the rate among those living in all other areas.

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