Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Sound the alarm on surging opioid overdose deaths

The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened our province’s opioid overdose crisis. Pandemic-related public health measures have limited access to services and supports, increased the toxicity of the street supply and left more people using alone. 

On average, six people die each day due to overdose across the province - a 40 per cent increase over pre-pandemic deaths. An estimated 2,200 people died in Ontario last year from opioid overdose. The loss of life is preventable and the trauma and grief for families, friends and frontline workers are overwhelming. 

The federal government has responded to this public health crisis with an emergency measure allowing provinces to establish Urgent Public Health Needs Sites (UPHNS), known more commonly as overdose prevention sites. Now, it’s time for Ontario to do its part.  

Join us! Call on Premier Ford and Minister Elliott to urgently fund UPHNS in communities across this province and save lives. 

Sign our Action Alert and make your voice heard!

Copies will be sent to the following:

  • Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
  • Hon. Christine Elliott, Deputy Leader and Minister of Health
  • Hon. Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister, Mental Health and Addictions
  • Andrea Horwath, Leader of the Official Opposition 
  • Monique Taylor, Critic, Mental Health and Addictions, MPP
  • Steven Del Duca, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
  • John Fraser, MPP
  • Mike Schreiner, MPP

Preliminary Patterns in Circumstances Surrounding Opioid-Related Deaths in Ontario during the COVID-19 Pandemic
. (November 2020). A report prepared by: The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network, The Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario/Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, Public Health Ontario & Centre of Drug Policy Evaluation.  https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/o/2020/opioid-mortality-covid-surveillance-report.pdf?la=en


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