Opioid usage is at one of its highest peaks in Toronto homeless shelters, Toronto Public Health says.
In the midst of a opioid epidemic, harm reduction advocates are pushing for TTC employees to have overdose prevention training and access to Naloxone kits.
The Toronto District School Board will begin to train secondary school staff to respond to opioid overdoses. Toronto’s annual opioid toxicity death count has been rising since 2013, with fentanyl and heroin now leading in lives claimed.
Raffi Balian sits in his office at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre and casually recalls the day he saved his former girlfriend’s life after she overdosed on Fentanyl, a drug more potent than morphine.
The harm reduction worker and admitted drug user says that by making Nalaxone, a drug that can be used to block opiate receptors, more readily available, many overdoses will be interrupted.