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History

The first Needle Syringe Program is established through Toronto Public Health
Needle Syringe Programs are established as mandatory provincial programs
Ontario Needle Syringe Programs distributed 3.2 million needles and syringes
OHRDP established in response to the prevalence of HCV and HIV infection among people who use drugs; 31 public health units providing harm reduction supplies; Introduction
of the Best Practice Recommendations for Canadian Harm Reduction Programs
OHRDP distributed 412,000 cookers to core harm reduction programs; 32 public health units providing harm reduction supplies
Ontario Public Health standards state that Boards of Health in all public health regions "shall ensure access to a variety of sterile needles and syringes and may include other evidence informed harm reduction strategies in response to local surveillance; 33 Public Health Units now providing harm reduction supplies
OHRDP provided 1,612,000 cookers to core harm reduction programs;
35 out of 36 public health units providing harm reduction supplies
In all 36 health unit regions, individuals can now access new sterile supplies, education and support through harm reduction programs; 2,560,000 cookers distributed to core harm reduction programs
Review of the Best Practice Recommendations for Canadian Harm Reduction Programs: Part 1
Safer crack smoking supplies now available through OHRDP
Introduction of the Best Practice Recommendations: Part 2
867 Ontarians died from opioid overdose
First Supervised Injection Site opens in Toronto while other communities open temporary sites to help address the rise in overdoses; 1,265 Ontarians died in 2017 from opioid overdose - a 46% increase since 2016
Crystal Meth bowl pipes are added to OHRDP supplies; OHRDP provided 7,964,000 cookers to core harm reduction programs in Ontario; Ontario Ministry of Health funds the first Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) program. The CTS provides integrated wrap-around services connecting individuals who use drugs to primary care, treatment and other health and social services
100% of Public Health Units are providing safer injecting and safer inhalation supplies through more than 435+ access points in Ontario; Foil is added to OHRDP supplies
BZK (benzalkonium chloride) Wipes and Paper Straws are now available through OHRDP