Ontario’s Ministry of Well being and Lengthy-Time period Care says it is not going to approve any new overdose prevention sites.
In a letter to native well being integration networks and well being models throughout the province late Friday, Roselle Martino the assistant deputy minister of inhabitants and public well being division, mentioned the transfer is efficient instantly.
“The ministry is pausing the approval of any overdose prevention sites which are but to open to the general public,” the e-mail mentioned.
It doesn’t seem plans for supervised consumption sites are included, though the letter does observe Well being Minister Christine Elliott can be “reviewing the proof and talking to consultants to make sure that any continuation of supervised consumption companies and overdose prevention sites are going to introduce individuals into rehabilitation and guarantee individuals battling habit will get the assistance they want.”
The letter mentioned till that overview is full, “these sites are requested to not open till additional discover from the ministry.”
A spokesperson for Elliott mentioned on Saturday the overview and suggestions ought to “occur briefly order.”
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Overdose prevention sites (OPS) are short-term, harm-reduction sites the place injection of medication is supervised, drug customers can entry hurt discount provides, together with disposal of used provides, in addition to naloxone. Some sites additionally supply supervised oral and intranasal drug consumption and check strips to test medication for fentanyl. Paramedics are referred to as within the case of an overdose.
Supervised consumption sites (SCS) are extra everlasting and well being employees are on hand to intervene within the case of an overdose.
Addictions counsellors are at each places to assist customers who wish to get off medication determine their choices.
The transfer to halt overdose prevention sites comes after the province prolonged funding for one in London this week, which was set to shut on Aug. 15.
The Area of Waterloo is one municipality in Ontario trying to create supervised consumption sites to deal with the opioid disaster. Julie Kalbfleisch, spokesperson for public well being, mentioned they haven’t any plans to cease working on discovering two places for the sites, one in Kitchener and one in Cambridge.
“Overdose prevention sites are the short-term sites. The province has paused any of the sites that haven’t opened however had acquired approval. These sites had been supposed to function for 3 to 6 months. The announcement by the province goes on to say they’re researching the proof for each OPS and SCS,” Kalbfleisch mentioned. “So for now the work continues.”