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SIS and OPS save lives: Sign action alert

According to figures from the government of Ontario, there were at least 1,261 deaths across the province in 2017 attributed to opioid poisoning. That’s an increase of 45 per cent over the previous year when 867 deaths were recorded.

Despite the dedication and efforts of many nurses, other health professionals, peer workers and community volunteers, the death toll continues to rise.

That’s why RNAO is calling on the Ontario government to increase temporary and permanent overdose prevention services (OPS) and supervised injection services (SIS) with the support and funding they need to keep making a difference.

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott has extended approval and funding for the London temporary OPS site until Sept. 30, however, she halted the scheduled opening of three new OPS sites in Thunder Bay, St. Catharines and Toronto as well as any new OPS sites as they review the evidence “to see if they have merit and are worth continuing”. There is evidence that OPS and SIS save lives and open the doors to treatment possibilities. London was the first city to have a sanctioned OPS in the province. Since opening its doors in February, nurses and outreach workers have supervised more than 4,700 injections and there have been no deaths due to overdose.

To show your support, please sign our action alert and share on your social media networks.

For more information, please watch the media interviews done with RNAO CEO Doris Grinspun, president of the RNAO Middlesex Elgin Chapter Janet Hunt, and RNAO senior policy analyst Lynn Anne Mulrooney.

Last Updated: 
2018-08-27