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RNAO urging mayoral candidates to seek to decriminalize simple drug possession for personal use

In 2021, preliminary data from Public Health Ontario reported an average of eight people per day died from an opioid-related overdose across the province – an alarming 85 per cent increase over pre-pandemic levels. 
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Ahead of municipal elections taking place across the province on Oct. 24, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and its members are calling on mayoral candidates to seek decriminalization of simple drug possession in their communities.

In 2021, preliminary data from Public Health Ontario (PHO) reported an average of eight people per day died from an opioid-related overdose across the province – an alarming 85 per cent increase over pre-pandemic levels. 

PHO data showed 151 people died in Ottawa from opioid-related overdoses in 2021 – a 233 per cent increase since 2019. In addition, there were 982 emergency department visits and 112 hospitalizations for opioid overdoses. 

Dr. Doris Grinspun, the chief executive officer of the RNAO, told The Sam Laprade Show on Oct. 4 that she wants Ottawa to follow the example of cities like Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver, adding that she also wants to see an increase in the amount of clinics there are for people to be safe while using drugs.

"All we are asking now is that people running for office be on the right side of this crisis," she said. "We are losing people that are vibrant members of our communities and their families are suffering in silence."

Listen to the full interview with Dr. Doris Grinspun below:

 

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