March 1, 2019
Toronto continues to be in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis. Individuals experiencing homelessness and who use opioids are at high risk of overdose.
One of the key risk factors to overdose is using alone. Washrooms in shelters and respite sites provide private space for clients to use, and present particular risk of overdose.
Regardless of the rules, client safety comes first.
Staff should take the following action to increase client safety related to drug use in washrooms:
A detailed tip sheet for staff on overdoses in washrooms is available. Please share with staff and post it in places that are visible to staff and to service users.