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Responding to Ontario’s overdose crisis in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the overdose crisis in Canada. Using data from ICES and the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, the authors characterized changing patterns of medication use and health services utilization during the pandemic. This analysis suggests that responses to the overdose crisis must confront the rapidly changing unregulated drug supply with a tailored response that addresses varied population needs, expands accessible treatment and harm reduction services and responds to the missed opportunities for engagement and support within various healthcare settings.



Gomes T, Kitchen S, Campbell T, Murray R, Leece P, Kolla G; Ontario Opioid Drug Observatory. Healthc Q. 2022; 25(2):7-12. Epub 2022 Jul 1.

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