Feb 27, 2023
By Jane Brown
Toronto will soon be getting more supervised consumption sites for people who use unregulated drugs.
The expanded harm reduction service is the result of a new partnership between Toronto Public Health, Unity Health Toronto and University Health Network.
Set to open in the next one to two years, the exact locations for the new sites are still being determined.
The long running program, The Works, saw more than 21,000 visits for supervised injection and is said to have helped prevent more than 500 drug overdoses.
“Supervised consumption services are critical medical services that have proven to save lives, especially as opioid overdoses have reached record levels in our city,” Coun. Chris Moise, chair of the Board of Health, said in a Feb. 24 release.
“I am thrilled to see these important services expand through the presence of new hospital partners at the table.”
This new partnership marks the first time in Ontario that acute care hospitals are working in direct partnership with a local public health unit to open supervised consumption services.
It also comes as Toronto grapples with unprecedented numbers of fatal drug overdoses.
According to the coroner’s latest data, 591 people died of an overdose in Toronto in 2021.
It was the second consecutive year of more than 500 overdose deaths.
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