Sep 28, 2018
By Michael Kramer
The Ontario government wants Ottawa to extend an exemption – allowing overdose prevention sites to continue operating in the province – while it decides the fate of the facilities.
This summer the province said it was halting the opening of new overdose prevention sites while it conducted its review – saying it would announce its decision by the end of September.
Late this afternoon health minister, Christine Elliott, said in a statement – that she has received data on the sites and held consultations on the issue – and is in the process of finalizing her recommendations.
Overdose prevention sites are set up to address an immediate need in a community.
Safe injection sites, meanwhile, are more permanent locations approved by the federal government – after a more extensive application process.
More than 3,800 people died from opioids in Canada in 2017 – according to the latest figures by Canada’s health agency published in June.