Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Demand an end to overdose deaths in Windsor

So far in November, Windsor’s public health unit has issued three alerts for high overdose- related emergency department visits. 

And yet, Windsor remains the only major city in Ontario that doesn’t issue life-saving naloxone kits to its police officers. 

I encourage you to urge Windsor Police Chief, Pam Mizuno, to a) ensure her workforce carries and is trained to use naloxone, and b) demand a Consumption and Treatment Service site for Windsor. 

In 2018, 51 people in Windsor-Essex County died from opioid-related overdose. Another 22 people died in Windsor-Essex from opioid-related overdose in the first three months of 2019 - double the number from the same period last year.  These are preventable deaths. 

This is a public health crisis impacting communities all across Ontario. Windsor is no exception.  RNAO supports the provision of supervised consumption sites in all communities where needed.  

I encourage you to urge Chief Mizuno to a) ensure her workforce carries and is trained to use naloxone, and b) demand a Consumption and Treatment Service site for Windsor.

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