Opioid conference

Learn about the Opioid Conference, see the agenda and watch the webcast.

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About the Opioid Conference

The growing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids, including fentanyl, is a national concern. Solutions must be compassionate and collaborative, and address both the immediate crisis of overdose and death as well as their root causes. The Government of Canada is committed to showing federal leadership and working with partners across Canada to address this important issue.

To this end, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Federal Minister of Health, will be co-hosting the Opioid Conference with the Honourable Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. The Opioid Conference will bring together a broad range of speakers and participants for a national dialogue on actions to address and reduce the harms related to opioids in Canada.

The conference will be followed by the Opioid Summit on November 19, 2016. The summit will bring together individuals and organizations that have the authorities and commitment to take action to combat the opioid crisis. The desired outcome of the summit is a Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis with a prioritized set of actions and a commitment to public reporting.

Conference overview and agenda

The conference will take place on November 18, 2016, from 8:30 am to 5:50 pm in Ottawa.

Attendance to the conference is by invitation only.

Members of the public may view the conference by following the live broadcast. They may participate by using #OCO16 on social media.

The agenda is now available online.


Learn more about opioids.

Watch young adults and their parents tell their stories about prescription drug addiction.

Read about Health Canada's Action on Opioid Misuse.

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