Toronto continues to be in the midst of an opioid poisoning emergency. Rates of fatal opioid poisoning and emergency room visits related to opioid poisoning are increasing. Fentanyl is prevalent in illicit opioid markets, and has replaced heroin/morphine as the most commonly present opioid in accidental overdose deaths in Toronto.

In response, part of our work in this area includes opening the city’s first permanent supervised injection service. Located inside The Works, this life-saving health service provides a safer and hygienic environment for people to inject pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of qualified staff.

In addition, we have 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.