Toronto Drug Strategy
The Toronto Drug Strategy (TDS) is a comprehensive drug strategy for the City of Toronto based on four integrated parts – prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement. All four parts are needed to effectively reduce the harms of alcohol and other drug use.
The current focus of the Toronto Drug Strategy is the implementation of the Toronto Overdose Action Plan, which provides a comprehensive set of actions to prevent and respond to overdoses. The Plan combines the knowledge and expertise of people who use drugs, their family and friends, and people working in the field with best practices.
On February 25, 2019, the Board of Health endorsed the Toronto Indigenous Overdose Strategy. This strategy was developed by an Indigenous facilitator and is grounded in the input of Indigenous People who use/used drugs, and service providers that work with Indigenous People who use drugs. The recommendations reflect key actions needed in the areas of prevention, harm reduction and treatment. Toronto Public Health is supporting implementation of the strategy, including dedicating an Indigenous staff resource to work with community and City partners.
Toronto Public Health conducted a community dialogue process to explore how we can change our approach to drugs and what a public health approach to drugs could look like for Canada.
Toronto Public Health worked with community partners to develop the Toronto Overdose Action Plan: Prevention & Response, which was endorsed by the Board of Health on March 20, 2017. The Plan includes a comprehensive set of actions for all orders of government to prevent and respond to drug overdoses. A short summary of the Action Plan is available.
Since March 2017, all levels of government have taken action to address the overdose crisis. Read our Fact Sheet – Toronto Overdose Action Plan: Update 2019
Toronto Public Health is collaborating with the Toronto Overdose Early Warning & Alert Partnership to provide timely information about overdoses, with a current focus on opioids. Additional data and indicators may be added to the Toronto Overdose Information System as they become available.