Statement by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on Overdose Prevention Sites and Supervised Consumption Services
We continue to take the ongoing opioid crisis very seriously. I have reviewed the latest data, evidence and current site models, visited various sites and held consultations. I am now in the process of finalizing my recommendations.
This is an important determination that we need to get right; and one that must not be rushed. To that end, we are officially asking the federal government for an extension of Ontario's Class Exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) while we conclude our review.
Our government's overriding priority is to ensure that all efforts to combat opioid addiction are designed to introduce people into rehabilitation and that those struggling with addiction get the help they need. That's why our government has committed to investing $3.8 billion in mental health, addictions and housing supports over 10 years.