Expanded Response Options to Opioid Harms: Case Study from Four Cities

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“Canada is facing an urgent challenge to reduce the harms associated
with the problematic use of opioids. More than 14,700 lives were lost to deaths apparently related to opioids between January 2016 and September 2019. During that same period, there were 19,490 hospitalizations for poisoning related opioid to opioids (Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses, 2019). The COVID-19 pandemic compounds this ongoing public health crisis. There is a heightened need to reduce avoidable pressures on healthcare systems and support people who use opioids who may be at increased risk or unable to self-isolate during the pandemic.”

Source: Canadian Centre on Substance Use

About Peter Kim

Strategic Communications Manager, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition