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Read our statement on this emergency treatment for opioid overdose.

In keeping with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s mandate to serve and protect the public interest, and building upon our public policy efforts to date with respect to reducing opioid-related harm, the College recognizes that action is needed to address the rising prevalence of opioid overdose in Ontario.

While opioid overdose is now the third leading cause of accidental death in Ontario, this risk of death can be significantly reduced through the timely administration of the prescription drug naloxone.

For this reason, the College strongly supports efforts to increase the availability of naloxone in the community settings where overdoses most often occur, including Health Canada’s approach to make naloxone available without a prescription as part of the emergency treatment of opioid overdose.