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

StarMetro Toronto - - TORONTO - Jen­nifer Pagliaro

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-

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