Overdose Prevention Services Open House

 

Overdose Prevention Service Opening & Open Houses – Parkdale site

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00PM

Please come celebrate and have a tour of our overdose prevention service and learn about our harm reduction services

The Overdose Prevention Service officially opened its doors for services to the public on November 19, 2018. This event is intended to thank the community for supporting our efforts to open this life-saving service in Parkdale, to help raise awareness of our overdose prevention service and to promote understanding of the various harm reduction programs/services available at our Centre.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 11, 2018

TIME: 6:00 – 8:00PM

WHERE: 1229 Queen Street West., Toronto, On (Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, Parkdale site). Snacks and refreshments will be served.

We will also host two additional Open House events on:

  • Wednesday December 12, 2018 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Thursday December 13, 2018 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Parkdale Overdose Prevention Site Opens

An overdose prevention site (OPS) is now open at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre (Parkdale site – 1229 Queen Street W). The need for this service is urgent: South Parkdale had over 50 suspected overdoses attended by Toronto Paramedic Services within a two week period in August and is the neighbourhood with the 10th highest number of EMS calls in Toronto. Overdose Prevention Sites are open throughout the city and country. This will be the first OPS open within a building in Parkdale.

What is an OPS?

  • An OPS is a safe environment for people to use drugs under staff supervision.
  • OPS provides an accessible, low-barrier space for people to use drugs
  • Sterile injection and inhalation supplies are available at the OPS, along with education, referrals, peer support, and nursing services

What are the benefits of an OPS?

  • Reducing the number of drug overdoses
  • Providing access to health and social services
  • Connecting people with detox and treatment services
  • Reducing the number of publicly discarded needles and other drug supplies
  • Reducing the risk factors leading to infectious diseases

Details on the Parkdale OPS

The OPS will operate out of the previous harm reduction drop-in space at 1229 Queen Street West. The Harm Reduction drop-in is still operational in a different room in the building.

  • The hours of operation for the OPS are Monday-Friday, 12pm-5pm. The program will extend to 8pm within two weeks.
  • Personal ID is not required
  • There is no need to be a client of Parkdale Queen West CHC to access this service
  • Staff are experienced harm reduction workers. A nurse is available for back-up support.
  • 3 booths are available for supervised consumption
  • The space is accessible
  • Clients may inject, inhale, and swallow drugs on site. Alcohol consumption and smoking of drugs is not permitted

For more OPS service information, please contact Program Coordinator, Matt Johnson: mjohnson@ctchc.com . For media or other information, please contact Executive Director, Angela Robertson: arobertson@ctchc.com .

Under the new Provincial guidelines, PQWCHC will apply to open a Consumption Treatment Site (CTS) in order to continue to offer this life-saving service. We anticipate a decision on the application by April, 2019.

We wish to thank the Parkdale community for supporting the important work of Harm Reduction. In particular, we thank the tireless volunteers of the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society.

If you are interested in providing feedback on the Overdose Protection Survey, please access the communtiy consultation survey here: https://pqwchc.org/community-consultation-survey/