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.

What You Can Do

Learn how to respond to an overdose, get a naloxone kit, and find services and supports for people who take drugs, as well as for their family members and friends.

What Your Agency Can Do

Find out what your organization can do to support people who take drugs and how to become a naloxone distributor.

Toronto Overdose Information System (TOIS)

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.

Addressing Stigma: People Who Take Drugs Are Real People

Drug-related stigma and discrimination are a major barrier to getting people the supports and services they need. Learn more about what you can do to reduce stigma, build trust, and help save lives.