Government of Canada supports project connecting people at risk of experiencing opioid-related overdoses to community services in Peterborough
“Problematic substance use is a health and social issue first and foremost. I am pleased to support an initiative that brings together first responders, peer support workers, community partners and health and social services, to give people who use drugs access to the services they need, rather than directing them to the criminal justice system.”
The Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health
"The opioid crisis has touched all of us in one form or another. These are our neighbours, friends, parents, and children who are struggling with addiction. Programs like the one announced today show that we are working together as a community to support each other and bring an end to this crisis."
The Honourable Maryam Monsef
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
"This is an excellent example applying the principals of community-based policing to support multi-sector collaboration. We would like to thank Health Canada for funding this important pilot project, creating a community-based response team, which includes a paramedic, complex case managers for addictions, and peer outreach workers. A continuum of responses, tools, services and programs is vital to address the complex issues surrounding the overdose crisis. This pilot project is a critical addition to the County and City of Peterborough’s efforts."
Peter Williams, Community Development and Engagement Coordinator
Peterborough Police Services
Problematic substance use is a treatable health issue that can have devastating effects on Canadians from every walk of life. It is estimated that approximately one in five Canadians aged 15 years and older experiences a substance use disorder in their lifetime.
The Government of Canada has also made legislative and regulatory changes to encourage people to contact emergency services in the event of an overdose, reduce regulatory barriers to harm reduction services, and make certain medications to treat severe opioid use disorder more accessible.
This funding is provided through the Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP). The SUAP is a federal grants and contributions program that provides financial support to provinces, territories, non-governmental organizations, Indigenous organizations, key stakeholders and individuals to strengthen responses to drug and substance use issues in Canada.
On August 15, 2020, Health Canada launched a 60-day consultation process to seek comments from Canadians on supervised consumption sites and services, in order to better understand the needs of communities across Canada during the opioid overdose crisis. Feedback received through the consultation will inform the development of proposed new regulations under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health
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