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Starting a Collaborative Discussion Around the Opioid Challenge

    Starting a Collaborative Discussion Around the Opioid Challenge


Ontario’s opioid overdose crisis poses significant challenges to community safety, health and well-being.  At a variety of levels and across multiple sectors, it has been called a ‘crisis’, an ‘emergency’ and an ‘epidemic’. Early evidence thus far in 2017 points to another escalation of deaths in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. In 2016, an opioid-related death occurred every 10 hours in Ontario, with the fentanyl present in 353 of the 867 opioid-related deaths. Partial data from 2017 indicates Ontario may see 1300 opioid-related overdose deaths and across Canada, approximately 4000 deaths.

It is widely acknowledged that reducing the harms from opioid use will require the urgent collaboration of many sectors and systems, including solutions that reduce the demand for opioids via approaches in prevention, harm reduction and treatment.  Ontario is uniquely placed in Canada for having a network of municipally-based collaborative drug strategies that work alongside partners in enforcement, justice, health, social services and residents to improve community health and safety.

The OACP Substance Advisory Committee, in partnership with other mutually invested agencies, are progressively providing a forum for keynote presenters and interactive panel and participant discussions about the challenges and opportunities we are facing locally, provincially and nationally.

It is important for all of us to understand the challenges we are facing, what we are doing in our respective fields, what innovative opportunities we have to offer, and what can we do to collectively to address the opioid issue as this crisis demands a 'all hands on deck' response.

The intention of this symposium is to build relationships, share ideas, learn from one another, and build on a multi-faceted approach as we all work together to address what former Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott called an "unprecedented national public-health emergency."


When: May 15-16, 2018

Where: Holiday Inn Toronto Airport
              970 Dixon Road
              Etobicoke, ON M9W 1J9
Topics Include:
  • Upstream Prevention That Matters
  • A Public Health Approach to Drug-related Issues
  • Drug Strategies in Action: Perspectives from Municipal, Provincial and Federal Partners
  • The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act: What Does It Mean?
  • What's In The Drugs: A Five Year Review
  • Current Experiences from People Who Use Illicit Drugs
  • From Heroin and Hydromorphone to Methadone and more: Addiction Treatment
  • Harm Reduction: Community-based Peer Initiatives in Ontario
  • The Policing Experience in Western Canada
  • From British Columbia to Portugal: Learning from Drug Policy in Other Jurisdictions
  • Initiatives in Enforcement and Justice
  • Avoiding Compassion Fatigue and Burnout


Who Should Attend:

  • Police Leaders
  • Public Health Leaders
  • Municipal Drug Strategy Collaborators
  • Elected Officials
  • Physicians and Coroners
  • Crown and Defense Attorneys
  • Addiction and Mental Health Leaders
  • First Nations Leaders
  • Policy, Program and Funding Leaders
  • Youth Leaders and Educators
  • Harm Reduction Leaders
  • Private Sector Innovators and Collaborators
  • People with Lived Experience


Registration Information:

$200.00 +HST (includes full hot breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and snacks)



**Delegates are required to book their own accommodations. Please ensure you book by Friday, April 20th to receive the preferred rate.**

Holiday Inn Toronto Airport - $159.00 +HST per night.
Address: 970 Dixon Rd, Toronto, ON M9W 1J9
Phone: (416) 674-4343
Group Code: POC
Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Cancellations or substitutions must be received in writing to
Cancellations made on or before Friday, April 13th, 2018, are subject to a full refund less an administrative fee of $50.00 + HST ($56.50) No refunds will be given after April 13th, 2018. We welcome substitutions at no charge.

For more information, please contact Darron Knebel at or 416-926-0424 x 23.

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