PROVINCE AGREES TO FUND SUPERVISED INJECTION SITES IN TORONTO

Jan 09, 2017

By Bob Komsic

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As Toronto’s mayor, public health and other stakeholders held their first meeting to discuss how to tackle the fentanyl-fuelled opiod crisis, John Tory got some good news from Queen’s Park.

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Health Minister Eric Hoskins told the mayor that the province is committing to fund three supervised injection sites.
City council approved the sites at existing downtown health-care facilities last summer.
In addition to speaking with Tory Monday, Hoskins shared his support in a letter to the federal government.
The health minister says the sites fit in with the province’s opioid strategy.
Hoskins writes, ”I believe that community-supported and community-run supervised injection services will not only save lives, but also must be part of a larger strategy for harm reduction and supports for people struggling with addiction.”
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