Table 2:

Age-specific rates of hospital discharges for substance-related injuries in Canada (excluding Quebec), before (March 2019–February 2020) and during the first year (March 2020–February 2021) of the COVID-19 pandemic, by injury intent and sex*

Age groups, yrUnintentional injuries, rate per 100 000 population (95% CI)Intentional injuries, rate per 100 000 population (95% CI)
Male patientsFemale patientsMale patientsFemale patients
PrepandemicPandemicPrepandemicPandemicPrepandemicPandemicPrepandemicPandemic
< 18.2 (3.6–12.9)9.6 (4.6–14.6)6.5 (2.2–10.7)12.1 (6.4–17.9)0000
1–417.4 (14.0–20.7)25.6 (21.6–29.6)16.6 (13.2–19.9)23.2 (19.3–27.0)0000
5–92.9 (1.7–4.1)7.2 (5.3–9.0)2.1 (1.1–3.1)6.1 (4.3–7.8)00NANA
10–143.9 (2.5–5.3)4.5 (3.0–5.9)7.3 (5.4–9.2)8.4 (6.3–10.4)6.9 (5.1–8.8)5.8 (4.2–7.5)46.7 (41.8–51.5)48.6 (43.7–53.4)
15–1928.0 (24.5–31.6)28.1 (24.5–31.6)23.8 (20.5–27.2)25.3 (21.9–28.7)41.7 (37.4–46.0)34.6 (30.7–38.6)124.6 (116.9–132.3)120.0 (112.5–127.4)
20–2949.2 (46.2–52.3)59.8 (56.5–63.1)29.5 (27.0–31.9)35.4 (32.8–38.0)41.1 (38.3–43.8)38.6 (35.9–41.2)68.5 (64.8–72.3)62.5 (59.0–66.0)
30–3969.3 (65.6–73.0)84.4 (80.4–88.4)32.7 (30.2–35.3)39.1 (36.4–41.8)38.3 (35.6–41.0)40.5 (37.8–43.3)43.1 (40.2–46.0)36.8 (34.2–39.5)
40–4958.7 (55.3–62.0)82.6 (78.4–86.7)32.8 (30.2–35.4)37.1 (34.3–39.8)31.8 (29.3–34.3)32.2 (29.6–34.9)38.7 (35.8–41.5)35.1 (32.4–37.8)
50–6481.8 (78.5–85.1)102.6 (98.9–106.3)46.5 (44.1–49.0)45.9 (43.5–48.4)25.8 (24.0–27.7)24.3 (22.5–26.1)31.0 (29.0–33.0)24.5 (22.7–26.2)
65–7495.0 (89.8–100.3)102.3 (96.9–107.6)58.5 (54.5–62.4)54.7 (51.0–58.4)14.8 (12.7–16.8)10.7 (9.0–12.4)15.9 (13.9–18.0)12.7 (11.0–14.5)
75–84105.2 (97.3–113.1)91.2 (84.0–98.4)80.6 (74.3–86.9)74.3 (68.4–80.3)10.7 (8.2–13.2)9.2 (6.9–11.5)10.0 (7.7–12.2)10.9 (8.6–13.2)
≥ 85118.5 (104.3–132.6)104.5 (91.4–117.6)117.8 (107.0–128.5)98.8 (89.1–108.6)17.2 (11.8–22.6)12.8 (8.2–17.4)9.7 (6.6–12.8)10.4 (7.3–13.6)
  • Note: CI = confidence interval, NA = not applicable.

  • * Age-specific rates per 100 000 population were calculated using Statistics Canada population estimates (excluding Quebec) for 2019–2020 and 2020–2021. Rates based on counts between 1 and 5 are not reported (indicated as NA).

  • Indicates a difference in rates with p < 0.05.