With Doug Ford as premier, city braces for fight over supervised injection services
City council asked to urge the PC government to continue supporting harm reduction in the midst of an ongoing opioid overdose crisis
City council will be asked to urge the newly elected Progressive Conservative government at Queen’s Park to remain committed to harm reduction in the middle of a drug overdose crisis in the heart of Toronto.
A letter from Joe Cressy to Toronto’s board of health asks city council to “call on the province of Ontario to continue its response to the opioid overdose crisis by supporting and expanding existing provincially funded prevention, harm reduction and treatment measures in Toronto.”
Cressy is chair of the city’s drug strategy implementation panel, which backed the request. He said in the letter that “the situation remains urgent, and we need to do everything possible to save lives.”
Last year, three supervised injection sites opened in Toron-