There is continual news about the negative impacts of the opioid crisis on individual lives, and on families, communities, and society, even using the simple metric of the numbers of dead counted each day or the thousands per annum in Canada.

One small community with sixth highest hospitalization rate for opioid poisoning is Belleville. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) looked into data from 2013 to 2018, and found those results.

Opioid-Related Harms in Canada was the report published, recently.

The Hastings and Prince Edward County Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, stated, “It is a terrifying statistic to see that our community ranks so high… That truly reinforces that we have a lot of work to do.

The report noted that smaller Canadian communities are more likely to experience the higher levels of hospitalization than the others. In Ontario, the average rate of significant opioid poisoning hospitalizations was 14.8 per 100,00 but, in Bellville, it was 44.5 in 2017.

With the communities having populations between 50,000 and 99,999, the rates were 2 ½ times as many as the largest cities within the nation, e.g. Vancouver had 20.4 and Toronto had 8.9.

The article reported, “The details were released on the same day the Public Health Agency of Canada announced opioids were a factor in more than 2,000 deaths in the first half of this 18. More than 9,000 people died of opioid-related causes between January 2016 and June 2018, agency staff said.”

But apart from deaths and significant opioid hospitalizations, the other ill-effects of the crises are numerous and should be taken into account in the back of one’s mind when viewing the these and other statistics – speaking to tragedies – in the news.

Full report:


Hendry, L. (2018, December 12). Belleville sixth for opioid poisoning hospitalizations in Canada. Retrieved from

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Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen


(Last Update: September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping (lifting, mowing, and raking) and gardening (digging, planting, and weeding). He is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. UCI Ethics Center awarded him with the distinction of Francisco Ayala Scholar (2014) for mentoring, presenting, researching, and writing. If you want to contact Scott, you may inquire or comment through e-mail:

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