Between January 2016 and December 2019, at least 15,393 Canadians died from opioid-related causes.
Safer Supply provides individuals who are at high risk of overdose with access to an opioid replacement, as well as primary care and community supports. The street drug supply is contaminated by non-pharmaceutical fentanyl of unknown quantity and strength. This federally funded initiative aims to support street-level opioid users with a safe and more predictable alternative to the toxic street supply. Street Health has a team, which includes a Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse and Community Health Worker, dedicated to this pilot program. Individuals are currently being referred to the program through partnerships in the community. By the end of March, 2021, Street Health is aiming to have close to 100 individuals participating and receiving support through this Safer Supply initiative.
More detailed information and updates about this program are coming soon, please check back regularly.
Read the August 2020 Statement from the Minister of Health, The Honourable Patty Hajdu, about the need for overdose prevention and safe supply options.