I am pleased to announce that our application for the two overdose prevention sites (Queen West and Parkdale sites) were approved. This is a relief and great news for the clients we serve and whose lives are saved by having these services in place.
See link below for the news release with details on the approved sites:
The disappointing news is that, of the target of 21 sites to be approved, only 15 have been approved thus far and a number of Toronto sites (e.g. St. Stephens and Street Health) were not approved. In the midst of this overdose crisis, to close existing services supporting very marginalized populations is extremely disappointing and the implications alarming.
We remain in solidarity with our partner sites who were not approved and we are working to join the Alliance for Healthier Communities in responding to this news.
Thank you to all of you for your work in the service and support of the clients who use the services and for your advocacy efforts to ensure responding to the overdose crisis remains on the public health and government’s agenda.