Overdose Prevention Sites Save Lives!
A Fundraiser for the St. Stephen's Community House OPS and the Street Health OPS.
Drink + Dance
PWYC, with all proceeds being donated to St. Stephen's and Street Health
9 PM to late
Two of Toronto's overdose prevention sites, St. Stephen's OPS in Kensington Market and the Street Health OPS in Regent Park, have been defunded by the provincial government in spite of the opioid crisis remaining unabated. In 2017, 1,265 Ontarians died of a suspected opioid overdose. In just the last week of March alone, there were 6 fatal and 125 non-fatal suspected opioid overdose calls to Toronto paramedical services. These are our neighbours, friends, family, and loved ones. These are our lives.
Overdose prevention sites are an essential, life-saving service in the midst of the defining public health crisis of our time. While we believe that the government needs to restore funding to defunded OPS services, and in fact expand services throughout the province, defunded sites can only survive in the interim with our civic -- and financial -- support.
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