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  • October 05, 2017

The Opioid Crisis: Letter from MPP Des Rosiers

The opioid crisis is very serious and requires a multifaceted and proactive approach.  Here is what the provincial government is currently doing:
Ontario is providing urgent relief to those affected by the opioid crisis. In August, the Province announced investments of more than $222 million over three years to enhance Ontario’s Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose which will help ensure people with opioid addictions have access to holistic supports that address the full spectrum of needs.

New and expanded programs include more addictions treatment in family health teams; opening Rapid Access Addictions Medicine clinics; specialized programs for Indigenous communities; and developmentally appropriate addictions treatment for youth.

On October 4th, Ontario announced that it is establishing an Opioid Emergency Task Force that will include front-line workers and people with lived experience to strengthen the province's coordinated response to the opioid crisis. The Task Force will ensure those closest to the crisis are providing critical insight about what is happening on the ground, to support the province's coordinated response to the crisis and address new challenges as they emerge.

I continue to closely follow this file as it affects the Ottawa-Vanier community greatly. Do not hesitate to send your suggestions to help us respond to this crisis.

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