Opioid Overuse Debated At Queen's Park

Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 07:48 AM

The Progressive Conservatives are raising alarm bells over the increase in the number of opioid-related deaths in the province.

Critic Jeff Yurek says there has been a 52 per cent increase in opioid related-deaths in the past year.

He accusies the government of trying to hide the statistics and the gravity of the situation.

Ontario's Minister of Health admits the report is alarming and is taking action.

Helena Jaczek says they have created a new opioid emergency task force to be chaired by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The government has also announced that it will make Naloxone kits available for free at participating pharmacies for anyone needing them.

There will be available at select pharmacies in the Rainy River District and through the Northwestern Health Unit.