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General information and evidence about opioids and opioid-related harms
Opioids | Government of Canada
General information describing what are opioids, their effects, problematic use, overdoses, and how to get help.
Data, surveillance and research on opioids and other substances | Government of Canada
The Government of Canada website provides data and research evidence on opioids and other substances in Canada.
Opioids | Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction produces evidence-informed publications and tools regarding substance use issues, including those related to opioid harms.
Ontario Opioid Drug Observatory | Ontario Drug Policy Research Network
The Ontario Opioid Drug Observatory provides evidence on opioid prescribing and its consequences to inform and evaluate opioid policy in Ontario. It was established by the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network.
Opioid use and harms surveillance tools
Interactive Opioid Tool | Public Health Ontario
The Interactive Opioid Tool provides opioid-related morbidity and mortality data in Ontario, including emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths. It was developed by Public Health Ontario.
Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool | Ontario Drug Policy Research Network
The Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool provides access to data related to opioid prescriptions dispensed in retail pharmacies across Ontario. It was developed as part of a collaboration led by the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network.
Opioid- and Stimulant-Related Harms in Canada | Government of Canada
The Government of Canada provides updated data on opioid- and stimulant-related overdose deaths, overdose hospitalizations, and emergency medical service responses to overdoses from across Canada, including maps and graphs on harms.
Information and resources for workplaces regarding opioid-related harms
Substance Use and the Workplace: Supporting Employers and Employees in the Trades [toolkit] | Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
This toolkit is a collection of resources that can be used by employers and employees to help reduce the harms of substance use, particularly for Canadians working in construction and the trades. CCSA developed the toolkit in partnership with Health Canada.
Opioids in the Workplace Factsheet | Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
This factsheet describes what opioids are, potential concerns for workplaces, and tips for workplaces.
Opioids: What Employers Need to Know | Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
This is an online course for employers to understand the impact of opioid use in the workplace, their duties and steps to take to address impairment and support employees without judgment or stigma. ($)
Opioids: What Workers Need to Know | Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
This is an online course for workers to understand what are opioids, the impact of opioid use in the workplace, and how to respond to concerns and signs of poisoning. ($)
First Aid – Administering Naloxone (naloxone hydrochloride) | Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
This factsheet describes what naloxone is, the sign and symptoms of an opioid overdose, workplace considerations for making naloxone available, and first aid steps to use when administering naloxone.
Opioids in the Workplace | The National Institute for Occupational Health & Safety
This is a collection of information, reports, and resources on opioids in the workplace from the United States-based research agency empowering employers and workers to create safe and healthy workplaces.
Stories of lived experience
The Opioid Chapters | Ontario Drug Policy Research Network and Healthy Debate: Face of Health Care
This is a series of interviews and multimedia content with Ontarians who have lived experience with opioids, as well as the perspectives from physicians, community workers, and family members.
Mental health, addiction and treatment resources and services
Mental Health and Wellness | Government of Ontario
This website connects visitors to mental health and addiction services in Ontario.
Mental Health, Addiction and Problem Gambling Services | Connex Ontario
This website provides service information for people experiencing problems with gambling, drugs, alcohol, or mental health in Ontario.
Mental Health and Substance Use Support | Wellness Together Canada
This website provides resources, and information on mental health and substance use services in Canada.