Toronto Overdose Prevention Society

$146,415 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 1,131 people in 19 months
The Toronto Overdose Prevention Society fund will support Overdose Action Toronto and its efforts to draw attention to the escalating overdose epidemic that is killing our beloved Torontonians. Overdose Action Toronto consists of key stakeholders in harm reduction including people who use drugs, peers, frontline harm reduction workers and advocates. This fund will also support direct actions aimed at increasing awareness among citizens of Toronto about the preventable nature of overdose deaths.

This fund also will support work of the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance and Toronto Harm Reduction Worker's Union, as well as Overdose Action Toronto.
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Consider holiday giving to TOPS! Overdose prevention occurs all year round but we always try to make the holidays special for those we care for (#chosenfamily). We are selling professionally designed Toronto Overdose Prevention Society (TOPS) holiday cards at various locations throughout the city. Moss Park OPS is selling beautiful tote bags and long sleeved t-shirts - please contact us through odpreventionsite@gmail.com to get them before they are gone!
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Village OPS open today in Barbara Hall Park from 12-9pm in collaboration with Queers Crash the Beat, on World AIDS Day 2018.
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Moss Park OPS is in need of donations of socks, mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, and rain ponchos. No clothing donations please! Drop off at 134 Sherbourne Tuesday-Sunday from 12-7pm. Thank you for the ongoing support!
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303 TORONTONIANS HAVE DIED. Please join us tonight for a MARCH & VIGIL - Monday, October 15th, 2018, 6 PM. START: Regent Park CHC, 465 Dundas Street East (@ Parliament) MARCH TO: Street Health, 338 Dundas Street East (@ Sherbourne) END AT: Moss Park OPS, 134 Sherbourne Street (@ Dundas)

Three hundred and three people died from opioid overdose in Toronto in 2017, which is a 63% increase compared to 2016 and a 121% increase compared to 2015.

As our community struggles to respond to this crisis and cope with the tragic and preventable loss of loved ones the provincial government has stalled response efforts by initiating an unnecessary review of Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) services. Overdose Prevention sites are evidence-based services. They offer a stigma-free and caring environment where people can access healthcare, referrals, supplies and safety. Overdose Prevention Sites save lives.

The provincial review of OPS’s has delayed the opening of new and previously approved sites across the province. It has left existing sites in a precarious situation and has halted important discussion about other essential resources needed to combat the epidemic of opioid related deaths. This unnecessary review will contribute to the loss of more lives.

Please join us as we come together in grief and rage to mourn our loved ones and demand that the Ontario government:

1. Extend funding to ensure that all OPS’s in Ontario can operate on a long-term basis with adequate hours, staffing and a range of services;

2. Reinstate the application and approval process for organizations across the province looking to open OPS's and immediately open ‘paused’ sites that were already approved;

3. Involve those with lived experience to identify and operationalize realistic, evidence-based strategies that are necessary to effectively address the overdose crisis, including ensuring that people have access to adequate income support, safe affordable housing, and responsive, non-judgmental, and holistic healthcare;

4. End the war on people who use drugs by calling on the federal government to decriminalize drug use, and shift resources from criminalization to provision of health services, including rapidly developing prescription heroin and hydromorphone programs across the province.
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