Apr 5, 2019
Following the March 29th shocking announcement of cuts to Overdose Prevention Sites (OPS) at Street Health and St. Stephen’s Community House, many individuals and groups have added their voices to tell the provincial government to restore funding for these are lifesaving services.
Read statement from local City Counsillor Kristyn Wong Tam, Toronto Centre
City Councillor Joe Cressy also expressed concerns over these cuts, acknowledging that, “Overdose deaths are preventable. The evidence is clear – supervised concumption sites save lives”.
Suze Morrison (above), MPP, Toronto Centre attended the Healthcare Providers rally at Queen’s Park. A petition with more than 1,200 names was sent to the government. Suze added her voice to support Street Health and the other agencies facing a funding cutback. On March 29 on Facebook, she says “The province is in the midst of an opioid crisis. What will happen to the people who rely on those overdose prevention sites is unthinkable. We need to give people suffering from addictions a chance at survival. For some, this callous decision could snuff out that chance.”
Support has been far-ranging including The Anglican Diocese of Toronto to local churches and community organizations.
If you haven’t already, please take a moment to add your voice –
Send a letter or email to Minister of Health, Christine Elliott –
Sign the Progress Toronto petition