Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO statement on the Federal Health Minister decision on SIS

With the opioid epidemic striking hardest at mid-sized Ontario cities, RNAO welcomed federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor's initiative to seek various ways to help any community that needs supervised injection services (SIS).

Her support is timely: Of six cities in Canada where those who use opioids are hospitalized most, four are in Ontario, according to a report released this week by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). They are Brantford, Thunder Bay, London and St. Catharines-Niagara.

While provincial governments generally fund health care, Taylor says she wants to cut red tape and deliver care where it’s needed most by also working directly with cities and non-profits.

RNAO’s CEO Doris Grinspun says the expansion of SIS is urgently needed as an integral component of a comprehensive approach to tackle the growing death toll across the province. RNAO will insist on funding these services in all the communities in need of them.

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