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 2021, only 5% of all cannabis related harms hospitalizations in Ontario were due to cannabis poisonings.

In 2021, there were over 380 hospitalizations from cannabis related harms among Simcoe Muskoka residents for an age-standardized rate of 68 (61.7, 75.6) admissions per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 54 (52.4, 54.8) admissions per 100,000 population.

The rates of hospitalizations from cannabis related harms in Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario have increased significantly from 2003 to 2021. The Simcoe Muskoka rates were significantly higher than the comparable provincial rates from 2003 to 2012. From 2013 to 2016 the local and provincial rates were not significantly different from each other; however, from 2017 to 2021, the Simcoe Muskoka rates are once again significantly higher than the provincial average.

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By Sex

In 2021, the age-standardized rate for cannabis related harms hospitalizations among Simcoe Muskoka males was 84 (73.3, 94.8) admissions per 100,000, which was significantly higher than the female rate of 52 (43.9, 61.7) admissions per 100,000. The Simcoe Muskoka rates were significantly higher than the comparable provincial rates for both males and females in 2021.

The cannabis related harms hospitalization rates among Simcoe Muskoka males and females both increased significantly from 2003 to 2021. The male rates were above the female rates for the entire period.

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By Age

For the time period from 2017 to 2021 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, hospitalizations due to cannabis related harms were highest among youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years at 137 (125.3, 150.1) admissions per 100,000. This was significantly higher when compared with any other age group. The age-specific rates for cannabis related harms hospitalizations in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the provincial rates among adults 25 to 44 years of age.

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By Income

For the time period from 2017 to 2021 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka, the hospitalization rate for cannabis related harms among those living in areas with the highest amount of material deprivation (as measured by the 2016 Ontario Marginalization Index) was 125 (112.2, 137.3) admissions per 100,000, which was three-times higher than the rate among those living in areas with the lowest amount of deprivation.

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Page last updated November 23, 2022