Frequently Asked Questions

What is an OPS?

  • A safe, hygienic environment for people to inject pre-obtained drugs under the supervision of staff.
  • We provide sterile injection supplies, education, overdose prevention and intervention, nursing and other services and referrals.
  • A low barrier, lifesaving service to address the opioid crisis which has affected the Dundas/Sherbourne area quite acutely.

Why an OPS at Street Health?

  • Opioid deaths in Ontario have increased by 52% and emergency room visits due to suspected overdose have increased by 72% in the past year.
  • Toronto Public Health has identified our neighbourhood as a ‘hot spot’ for overdose.
  • We have been delivering harm reduction services in the community for many years
  • The service is located in the fully-accessible backyard coach house within our existing space.
  • The service has two booths for supervised injection and a small area for post-consumption monitoring.
  • The service operates during our current opening hours and is staffed by experienced harm reduction workers with nursing back up.
  • Most of the people using the service will be existing clients.

What are the benefits of an OPS?

  • Reducing the number of drug overdoses
  • Reducing the risk factors leading to infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis
  • Enabling access to & Increasing the use of detox and drug treatment services
  • Connecting people with other health and social services
  • Reducing the number of publicly discarded needles; and
  • Reducing the cost of health care services.