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Starting a Collaborative Discussion Around the Opioid Challenge

    Starting a Collaborative Discussion Around the Opioid Challenge


Due to extenuating circumstances, this event has been postponed. Proposed Spring dates will follow.

Ontario’s opioid overdose crisis poses significant challenges to community safety 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 (bootleg) fentanyls present in 352 of the 865 opioid-related 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 and justice to improve community health and safety.

The OACP Substance Advisory Committee in partnership with other mutually invested agencies are progressively providing a forum for key note speakers and interactive discussions around the opioid crisis and the challenges 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 responses we have to offer and what can we do collectively to address the opioid issues.

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


When: November 25, 2017

Where: North York Civic Centre Council Chambers
              5100 Yonge Street
              Toronto, ON M2N 5V7



Who Should Attend:

  • Police Leaders
  • Medical Officers of Health/Public Health Leaders
  • Educators
  • Mayors, Councillors
  • Coroners Office
  • Crowns Office
  • Youth Leaders
  • Drug Strategies
  • Harm Reduction
  • First Nations Leaders
  • Mental Health Leaders
  • CAMH/Addiction Treatment Leaders
  • Other Social Services


Registration Information:

$150.00 plus HST (refreshment breaks and lunch included) Registration is limited to 280 delegates.



Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Cancellations or substitutions must be received in writing to
Cancellations made on or before Friday, November 17th, 2017, are subject to a full refund less an administrative fee of $50 + HST ($56.50) No refunds will be given after November 17th, 2017. We welcome substitutions at no charge.

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


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