Overdose prevention sites are needed in Ontario now!

Ontario is facing the largest and longest public health emergency in recent memory. 1263 people died from an overdose in Ontario last year – more than three people a day. This is an increase of 45% over the 867 people who died unnecessarily in 2016. People who use drugs, community members, and front-line health care workers are struggling to respond to the overdose epidemic without adequate government support.

In the midst of this crisis, the Ontario PC government has paused all funding for new overdose prevention sites and halted the tentative opening of three sites across the province. These sites would provide easy-to-access, life-saving services such as supervised injection, harm reduction supplies, and the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone.

We cannot afford to delay our response to this public health emergency any longer.

Send a message to the Chief Medical Officer of Health to take action for overdose prevention in Ontario now!

The Campaign for Safer Consumption Sites is proud to share this letter on behalf of Overdose Prevention Ottawa.