October 2023

The Opioid Crisis in Canada: Surging Overdoses Among the Homeless

The opioid crisis in Canada has led to a critical upsurge in overdoses among the homeless, with over 60% of opioid deaths occurring in this population. This crisis has far-reaching consequences, including increased healthcare costs, higher crime rates, and further marginalization of vulnerable individuals. Efforts to combat the crisis include harm reduction strategies, such as the widespread distribution of naloxone kits, and the national opioid class action to hold manufacturers and distributors accountable. Continued awareness, access to treatment, and support for the most vulnerable will be crucial in addressing this national emergency.

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