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Ontario is in the midst of an overdose emergency

In the first six months of 2018, 629 people died from an opioid overdose.

In 2017, 1,265 people died, an increase of 45 per cent over 2016 when there were 867 deaths.

RNAO believes the government must respond to this public health emergency and continue to fund critical treatment sites that provide life-saving services to those in need.

In March, the province approved the first 15 sites under its new model.

But other sites across Ontario have lost funding and or wait for their applications to be considered.

RNAO wants the government to take an evidence-based approach to this crisis by expediting the authorizing and funding of these supervised consumption services in communities where they are needed.

It’s the only way to save lives and confront a major health crisis that is continues to affect people and their families across the province.

Last Updated: 
2019-05-30