CIHI Report: 155,000 Canadians Hospitalized For Addictions and Mental Health Conditions

CIHI Report: 155,000 Canadians Hospitalized For Addictions and Mental Health Conditions

From 2017 to 2018, more than 400 Canadians were hospitalized every day due to harm from substance abuse, according to a recent report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

The report states that 155,000 people were admitted over the year due to substance abuse. Out of those Canadians, about 40 percent of them also had a co-occurring mental health condition such as anxiety, depression or schizophrenia.

Not only are more people going to the hospital more, but they are also spending a long time in hospitals. Half of the patients spent five days or longer. These numbers added up to 2 million days in the hospital due to harm caused by mental health conditions and addictions.

Types of harm caused by addictions:

  • Alcohol/Drug Overdose
  • Severe Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Injuries Caused by Intoxication
  • Chronic conditions
  • Drug-induced psychosis

These whopping statistics surpassed how many people stayed in hospitals for heart attacks and strokes combined.

The top cause for hospitalization was alcohol consumption, which accounted for more than half of these hospital stays. After alcohol cannabis and opioids were other top drugs leading to hospital stays in adults. As for children and youth, stays were caused by cannabis rather than by alcohol.

Even though alcohol and cannabis are legal and much more socially acceptable, there are still many negative health impacts if using them. The report found that cannabis hospitalizations were often related to symptoms of psychosis or distress.

Hospital Stays For Substance Use with a Co-occurring Mental Health Condition

  • 40 percent of patients had a mental health condition
  • 15 percent of patients had mood disorders
  • 11 percent of patients had schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • 7 percent of patients had anxiety disorders

During the year, 320,000 people visited an ER to get help for mental health or addictions. The highest rates of frequent visits were men between the ages of 25 to 39. However, children and youth between the ages of 10 and 19 had more girls than boys visiting an ER.

In Manitoba, men wait about 52 days for addiction treatment, which is up from last year which was 38 days, according to a report by Addictions Foundation Manitoba. The wait time for women is far more because they have to wait about 200 days for addiction treatment.

Emergency Room Visits for Help with Mental Health and/or Addictions Stats

A new report found that:

  • In one year, one in 10 Canadians visited an ER at least four times for assistance with mental health and/or addictions.
  • Half of these visits were related to patients who were treated for mental health conditions and addictions.
  • Half of the people who visited an ER for help with mental health and/or addictions were younger than 35.
  • About 65 percent of frequent ER visitors were admitted as inpatients at least once over the year.
  • About 25 percent had three or more hospital stays.

Meanwhile, about 10 people a day die due to addiction in the country, according to CIHI’s report.

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