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Taking a stand against local opioid challenges

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As the third leading cause of accidental death in Ontario, opioid use has become a rising public health concern. In 2016, there were 139 emergency department visits and 62 hospitalizations in York Region as a result of opioid overdoses.

To address this ongoing health crisis, York Region is expanding its Harm Reduction program to better support local opioid response initiatives, including the distribution of the opioid antidote – naloxone – to eligible community organizations and service providers.

The rate of opioid users in York Region has been steadily increasing since 2011 and is expected to continue. The Region is committed to developing a local response plan with a focus on harm reduction, education and prevention. The plan will ensure the Region is equipped to address drug-related challenges in local communities and develop harm reduction supports to optimize the health and well-being of residents.

Opioids are prescribed to treat pain, opioid addiction and as cough suppressants. When used properly, opioids can be effective, however if misused, can lead to addiction, accidental overdose and death.



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