- November, 05 2018
- Dr. Sam Ozersky, MD
Recent data shows that the opioids continue to claim lives in Ontario. Opioid related deaths have increased from 856 cases in 2016 to 1261 deaths in 2017, which is an average of 3 people per day in the province. Last month, the Ontario government announced that Overdose Prevention Sites will be replaced by “Consumption and Treatment Services,” with a new application process and standards.
The Consumption and Treatment Services sites will continue to offer life-saving overdose prevention and harm-reduction services. In addition, there will be enforcement and audit protocols, and a focus on connecting individuals to treatment services. The Government of Ontario will also create more withdrawal management services in high-need communities to improve access to addiction treatment services.