Responding to Canada’s opioid crisis

Canada is facing a national opioid overdose crisis that continues to have devastating impacts on communities and families. Working with all levels of government, partners, stakeholders and people with lived and living experience, we are taking action through a comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based approach to drug policy.

Services and information

Federal actions on opioids to date

Recent actions we are taking to address the opioid crisis

Data, surveillance and research on opioids and other substances

Data to inform policy makers about opioid drug use and its impacts

Emergency Treatment Fund

One-time funding for provinces and territories to improve access to evidence-based treatment services

Supervised consumption sites

How to apply to run a site, list of authorized sites, and where to find services in your area

Know More youth awareness program: book a virtual tour

Book a virtual tour to engage teens and young adults on the facts about the opioid crisis and the harms of opioid use

Opioid resources

Promoting awareness and prevention of opioid-related harms with videos, factsheets and stories

Canadian drugs and substances strategy

A comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and evidence-based approach to drug policy

Substance Use and Addictions Program

Federal contribution program to support and strengthen the response to substance use issues

Wellness Together Canada Portal

Free resources and counselling for mental health and substance use

Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act

The Act helps encourages people to save a life during an overdose situation

Restricting the marketing and advertising of opioid medications

Information on our actions to restrict the marketing and advertising of opioid medications for healthcare professionals

Safer supply

Information on safer supply services and how we are taking action to expand access

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