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Applications Now Open for Overdose Prevention Sites

Temporary Locations to Offer Life-Saving Harm Reduction Services

January 11, 2018

Ontario is now accepting applications for overdose prevention sites (PDF) from health care or community-based organizations that support harm reduction and work with people who use drugs.

Overdose prevention sites are an extension of existing harm reduction programs that provide easy-to-access, life-saving harm reduction services in a stigma-free environment, to help reduce the growing number of opioid-related overdose deaths. The sites will provide:

Sites may also provide additional services based on local need and capacity, including supervised oral and intranasal drug consumption and fentanyl test strips as a drug checking service.

Overdose prevention sites that meet the necessary criteria will be approved to operate for three to six months, with the possibility of extension.

For more information on how to obtain provincial approval and funding to open a site, organizations are encouraged to review the Overdose Prevention Sites: User Guide for Applicants (PDF). The guide also outlines eligibility and program delivery requirements, and the criteria used to assess each application.

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"Every life lost to this opioid crisis is an avoidable tragedy and our government is committed to doing everything in our power to combat this public health crisis. Overdose prevention sites have proven to save lives by offering necessary health services to some of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations."
- Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

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