ONTARIO ASKS OTTAWA FOR AN EXTENSION ON OVERDOSE PREVENTION SITES

Sep 28, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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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.

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