Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Alcohol & Drugs

Hospital Stays for Harm Caused by Substance Use

Key Messages
Technical Notes

Key Messages

  • During the 2017/18 fiscal year, there were more than 2,300 hospital stays for harms caused by substance use among Simcoe Muskoka residents 10 years of age and older.
  • The age-standardized rate of these hospital stays was significantly higher among Simcoe Muskoka residents (454 [435.4, 472.8] hospitalizations per 100,000) when compared with the Ontario average (398 [394.6, 401.6] per 100,000).
  • The rates of these hospital stays are not the same across the different communities within Simcoe Muskoka.
    • Rates in the southern areas of Simcoe County (327 [287.4, 371.4] per 100,000) were significantly lower than the provincial average; however, rates in other communities in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the provincial average:
      • the areas of southern Georgian Bay (483 [426.5, 545.1] per 100,000),
      • northwest Simcoe County (764 [683.2, 853.1] per 100,000),
      • Couchiching (575 [516.2, 638.2] per 100,000),
      • and the District of Muskoka (504 [443.3, 570.2] per 100,000) all had rates significantly higher than the Ontario average.


Technical Notes

The methodology used was based on the work of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI): Hospital Stays for Harm Caused by Substance Use. This includes hospital stays for harm caused by alcohol, opioids, cannabis, other CNS depressants, cocaine, other CNS stimulants, other substances, or unknown and multiple substances among patients age 10 and older. Patients are counted when discharged from a general or psychiatric hospital, or a day surgery clinic. The 2017/18 fiscal year covers the period from April 1st, 2017 through to and including March 31st, 2018.

Information presented on this page is from the report by Refik Saskin and Luis Palma titled Health status and behaviours of residents of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. The report was completed on May 25, 2020 as part of the response to an Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Applied Health Research Question (AHRQ) submitted to the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU). The data source citation for counts, rates and other figures extracted from the report is: ICES AHRQ Project 2020 0950 055 000.

This AHQR study was supported by ICES, which is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health. Parts of this material are based on data and/or information compiled and provided by CIHI. The opinions, results and conclusions are those of the authors and are independent from the funding and data sources.  No endorsement by ICES, the Ontario Ministry of Health, or CIHI is intended or should be inferred. The contents and interpretation of this web page are solely the responsibility of SMDHU.

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