TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:
WHEREAS overdose prevention sites have saved at least 917 lives since they began operating in mid-2017, yet at least 150 people have lost their lives to overdose since the Ford government paused the opening of further overdose prevention sites;
WHEREAS extensive research and the experience of harm reduction workers have shown that overdose prevention sites play an integral role in preventing opioid-related deaths;
WHEREAS overdose prevention sites also play a vital role in connecting people with mental health and addictions services, and help keep communities safe;
THEREFORE, WE THE UNDERSIGNED petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to: immediately approve overdose prevention sites in cities with pending applications, while allowing additional cities to apply for sites, so harm reduction workers can continue to supervise consumption, prevent overdoses and deaths by overdose, and direct people to appropriate services.