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Ontario Expands Opioid Prevention Programs After Latest Data Show Increase in Deaths and Overdoses

Country Correspondent: Aisha Gomez

In response to the latest data showing a substantial increase in opioid-related deaths and overdoses, the Ontario government is moving quickly to expand addiction and harm-reduction services. Opioid-related deaths have risen 52 percent, from 694 in 2016 to 1,053 in 2017, while emergency department visits for overdoses increased 72 percent, from 4,453 to 7,658. More than 85 mental health and addiction providers are expanding their services, including targeted supports for youth, withdrawal management services, and additional frontline health and social service workers. The move comes on the heels of several other initiatives that have been announced as part of Ontario’s three-year, CAD 222 million investment to combat the opioid crisis.


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