Project will connect safer supply projects and healthcare providers to share knowledge and best practices

June 28, 2021 | London, Ontario | Health Canada

The overdose crisis continues to affect communities and families across Canada. Tragically, we have seen substantial increases in overdose deaths and related harms during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Government of Canada continues to support increasing access to safer supply services in communities across Canada to help prevent drug overdoses during the pandemic and beyond.

Today, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament, announced nearly $1 million for a project that will help support and build capacity in communities across Canada to provide safer supply services. This initiative will help increase access to pharmaceutical alternatives to the toxic illegal drug supply and prevent overdoses.

Through this funding, the London InterCommunity Health Centre, a leader in the field of safer supply, will bring together community health organizations, primary care teams, private practice providers and federally funded safer supply projects across Canada to build expertise in the delivery of safer supply services. The “National Safer Opioid Supply – Community of Practice” project will facilitate the sharing of resources and best practices, helping to expand access to safer supply– including in rural, remote and under-resourced areas. In addition to providing an alternative to the toxic illegal drug supply, safer supply projects connect patients with essential health and social services, including treatment, which may be more difficult to access during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Government of Canada continues to work with all levels of government, partners, stakeholders, people who use drugs and people with lived and living experience and organizations in communities across the country to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the overdose crisis.

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