Province offers ‘urgent relief’ in opioid crisis – North Bay Nugget

August 30, 2017

Ontario is putting an additional $222 million over three years toward fighting an opioid crisis the government said claimed the lives of 865 people in the province last year.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins made the announcement in Toronto on Tuesday, as the province released the latest figures on opioid deaths.

“This is a national crisis comprised of literally thousands of individual tragedies,” Hoskins said. “Each life lost represents a valued individual.”

More than 700 doctors, nurses, harm reduction workers and academics called on the province this week to declare opioid deaths and overdoses a public health emergency, as British Columbia did last year. They say limited resources and poor data are preventing them from responding properly to a disturbing and sustained increase in overdoses.

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