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New Opioid Treatment Supports

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New Opioid Treatment Supports

Ministry of Health

Ontario is taking action to address the serious issue of abuse of prescription narcotic by increasing access to dedicated treatment programs for addiction to opioids.

Direct Supports

Ontarians seeking addiction treatment will benefit from new investments in direct supports, including:

  • Addiction treatment and counseling targeted at pregnant women and mothers, offering enhanced access to broader health care services and supports.
  • Programs to provide methadone and Suboxone opioid substitution treatment. These programs will include access to doctors, nurses and services such as counseling and case management.

This new funding will be allocated through the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) based on need.

Aboriginal and First Nations Initiatives

New investments will support Aboriginal and First Nations initiatives, including:

  • Support for activities of the Trilateral First Nations Health Senior Officials Committee, which brings together representatives from Ontario, the federal government and the Chiefs of Ontario. A work plan has been developed with concrete activities to address on-reserve narcotic addiction. Health Canada has agreed to contribute additional funding.
  • Support for Aboriginal people living off-reserve.  The ministry will work through urban Aboriginal organizations and LHINs to determine local needs.  The funds will support the creation of education and training programs and improve co-ordination of services serving urban Aboriginal peoples.

Expanding Ontario's Monitoring System

New investments will go towards indirect services for people with addictions to prescription narcotics, including:

  • Expanded real-time monitoring in front-line services such as emergency rooms and harm reduction programs across the province, to help identify problems early.  Early detection ensures better co-ordination of addiction and community mental health services.
  • Public education and awareness activities to increase knowledge of the risks of opioids.
  • Outreach to health care providers, including doctors, nurses and addiction treatment workers, and high-risk populations. 

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