Canada’s opioid crisis continues to have devastating impacts on the health and well-being of Canadians, as evidenced by the large and growing number of hospitalizations and deaths attributable to opioid abuse.
Tackling this public health emergency will require commitment from all affected parties from the Provincial/Territorial and Federal governments to front-line practitioners and first responders.
HealthCareCAN – the national voice of Canada’s hospitals and healthcare organizations – is committed to doing everything it can to contribute to the collaborative response to one of the biggest public health threats facing Canada. HealthCareCAN members play a unique role in addressing this crisis; they know first-hand the importance of taking action and working collaboratively to reduce the harm associated with opioid addiction.
This document contains input from over 20 HealthCareCAN members and partners on critical aspects of a national response to the opioid crisis, including:
- Leading practices in harm reduction, prevention and surveillance, and treatment with opportunity for national scale and spread,
- Challenges unique to the hospital and health region sector, and
- Commitments and/or actions that HealthCareCAN members and partners could take to help mitigate the opioid crisis.
This document also contains key insights emerging from a June 12, 2017 invitational roundtable of HealthCareCAN members and other selected stakeholders with the Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health. The roundtable was attended by more than thirty health leaders from across the country.Download the report