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Opioid Response

Ontario continues to experience an opioid crisis.

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The Opioid Crisis by the Numbers

Ontario's opioid crisis continues to worsen with an increasingly toxic drug supply. Source: Public Health Ontario
The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Ontario in 2021. That's almost 3,000 preventable deaths.
The percentage increase in the number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Ontario, - from 2015 to 2021 (728 in 2015, 2866 in 2021).

AMHO’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

Ontario’s response to the crisis must focus not only on keeping people alive but on enhancing support and services to assist people in their recovery.

Evidence shows that accessing services and support in the community increases recovery rates for people seeking treatment for opioid use. With input from our members, AMHO initiatives to address the opioid crisis include

  • Provide feedback on the implementation of Ontario’s Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose
  • Deliver recommendations for how the province can ensure people have access to the services and support they need to recover
  • Support addiction recovery facilities across Ontario with public communication and advocacy
  • Promote advocacy and awareness from all Ontarians
“Without mental health, there can be no true physical health.” Dr. Brock Chisholm Canadian Psychiatrist First Director-General of the World Health Organization
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