Sector News

  1. Opioid Overdose Prevention & Response Program in Toronto: Published in the Canadian Journal of Public

     Toronto Public Health (The Works) has published on the development and implementation of their Prevent Overdose in Toronto (POINT) program in the CJPH. They found that in the first 8-months of the program, 209 service users were trained and the program implementers received reports of 17 administration of naloxone. Overall, reception of the POINT program has been positive and the program is expanding its capacity. To read more about the POINT program: CLICK HERE

  2. Opioid Overdose Risk Factors

    To help promote Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st, the OHRDP has developed a new resource outlining in detail the many risk factors for opioid overdose and how to reduce those risks. This 18 minute video is geared toward health care and service providers working in a harm reduction capacity.

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  3. Overdose Prevention & Naloxone Training Video

    Details on how to train peers on overdose prevention and the use of Naloxone are provided in this training video by Toronto Public Health. The video was funded by the Central Toronto LHIN and will be of interest to physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, counsellors, social workers, community health workers, and anyone who might be working with people who are using opioids.

    Please pass this information to anyone in your organization or partner organizations who may have an interest in the information.

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  4. Opioid Overdose Prevention Webinars – April 25, 13

    We are very pleased to announce that Dan Bigg of Chicago Recovery Alliance will delivering a free webinar on April 25, 11am EST, the last of 6 (Six!) webinars on overdose prevention and intervention. At 1pm, we welcome Dr. Kieran Moore, AMOH, for a look at how we might begin to monitor overdose incidents in “real time”, as we do for other health and safety issues. 


  5. Overview of Overdose Awareness in Peterborough

    Summary of overdose statistics, community response and agency preparedness in Peterborough.

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  6. International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31st

    What is International Overdose Awareness Day?

    International Overdose Awareness Day is held on August 31st each year.

    Commemorating those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose, it also acknowledges the grief felt by their families and friends.

    Celebrated around the world, it aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death, especially for those mourning the loss of a loved one. It also spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.

    An Inspired Idea

    International Overdose Awareness Day originated in Melbourne, Australia in 2001. Sally Finn, manager of a Salvation Army needle and syringe program, was touched by the sorrow she observed among the friends and families of those who had overdosed. She witnessed their inability to express that sorrow because of the stigma surrounding people who use drugs.

    Sally decided to organize an event of remembrance. To commemorate those who had died from overdose, Sally thought of distributing ribbons. She thought she’d need 500… she gave out 6,000.

    Eleven years later, that one event in the back yard of a suburban crisis centre has evolved into International Overdose Awareness Day, which is now celebrated around the world. Its global significance reflects the universality of the human emotions triggered by the tragedy of overdose – a tragedy that is preventable.


    • to diminish the shame and guilt associated with drug use (licit and illicit)
    • to provide an opportunity for people to publicly mourn for loved ones
    • to include the greatest number of people and encourage non-denominational involvement
    • to give community members information about the issue of fatal and non fatal overdose
    • to send a strong message to current and former drug users that they are valued
    • to stimulate discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy
    • to provide basic information on the range of support services that exist in locally
    • to prevent and reduce drug-related harm by supporting evidence-based policy and practice
    • to remind all of the risks of overdose

    For more information & resources, visit: International Overdose Awareness Day Website

  7. The First Seven Minutes

    “The First 7 Minutes” is a short film designed to promote discussion and the development and implementation of tailored overdose prevention protocols in all agencies that serve marginalized populations – from Needle Exchange Programs to Money Mart. It is part of a growing arsenal of resources and services being developed and delivered by the Toronto Harm Reduction Task Force and Toronto Public Health – The Works to help address the issue of overdose.


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