Ontario is implementing its first comprehensive Opioid strategy to prevent opioid addiction and overdose by enhancing data collection, modernizing prescribing and dispensing practices, and connecting patients with high quality addiction treatment services.
Ontario's strategy to prevent addiction and overdose includes:
Ontario's opioid strategy was informed by the recommendations of the Methadone Treatment and Services Advisory Committee, which was established by the province to advise on strengthening Ontario's methadone treatment and related services. Today, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Dr. Williams have written to all health care providers in Ontario outlining the strategy and enlisting their support to help prevent and reduce opioid addiction and overdose. The government will continue to seek input on the strategy and identify additional areas for consideration.
Modernizing pain management practices and preventing opioid addiction and overdose is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care. The action planprovides patients with faster access to the right care, better home and community care, the information they need to live healthy, and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
" Opioid misuse is the third leading cause of accidental death in Ontario. Our comprehensive approach to this crisis will not only help save lives, but will enhance the lives of families and whole communities. Given the urgency of this issue, taking action now will have a real impact on opioid addiction and overdose."
- Dr. Eric Hoskins
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
" Our government recognizes that this is an important public safety issue for Ontario. My ministry will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Office of the Chief Coroner, and our partners in policing, firefighting and corrections to support this initiative and help save lives."
- David Orazietti
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
" Addiction to narcotic painkillers is a serious, complex issue that requires a comprehensive and holistic approach. We are building on the significant work already underway in order to reduce opioid overdoses and fatalities and transform addiction treatment."
- Dr. David Williams
the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health
" The province is taking action to address the public health crisis of opioid addiction in Ontario. Important initiatives like free access to take-home naloxone and delisting of high dose opioid formulations are already underway but more needs to be done. This strategy and the recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Methadone Treatment Services in Ontario are the beginning of a multimodal and integrated approach that will make Ontario a leading jurisdiction in pain management and opioid agonist treatment."
- Dr. Meldon Kahan
co-chair of the Methadone Treatment and Services Advisory Committee
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