Prevent Overdoses in the North
I am calling on the Ford government to save lives in Thunder Bay by taking immediate action to prevention opioid addiction and overdose. I am urging the provincial government to declare the opioid overdose crisis what it is: a public health emergency.
In the north, opioids have become the not-so-silent killer of our neighbours, friends, and loved ones. Where once addiction was not talked about, important conversations are happening, and support is growing.
Last year in 2020 64 people died of opioid overdose. The situation is becoming more and more urgent everyday, and opioid related death is at an all time high. It is expected that by the end of this year over paramedics will attend over 1,100 calls related to overdose.
We hear that in Thunder Bay a person dies from an overdose every three to four days
Each and every one of these lives lost deserves to be more than just a statistic. In their memory, we need to take action.
WHEREAS Northern Ontario has some of the highest rates of opioid related deaths in the province and this number continues to grow; an
WHEREAS we need urgent action from the provincial government to save lives in the North;
THEREFORE WE, the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to declare the opioid overdose crisis in Northern Ontario a public health emergency, and commit funding for comprehensive, evidence-based local health and community initiatives such as harm reduction strategies, awareness programs, anti-stigma training, residential treatment, and overdose prevention services.