RNAO Launches In Focus Webpage on Mental Health and Addiction; calls on the provincial government to commit to ending the opioid overdose crisis

TORONTO, August 31, 2022 /CNW/ – In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day today, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) reaffirms its call that the Ontario the government must urgently respond to the opioid overdose crisis. To prevent deaths, the RNAO is calling for increased access to supervised consumption sites and a decrease in the supply of toxic drugs. Without preventive measures, from Ontario overdose crisis will continue to deepen and kill.

In 2021, an average of eight people died per day due to accidental drug overdose, an 88% increase from 2019 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s not just a statistic. It’s eight people a day who have loved ones grieving over a terribly tragic loss. The system hasn’t protected them,” said RNAO President Dr. . Claudette Holloway. “To avoid further deaths, the Ontario the government must urgently adopt a harm reduction approach that supports the decriminalization of simple possession and ensures a safe supply through accessible supervised consumption sites. »

In response to this deepening crisis, the RNAO has reissued its Action Alert today for all Ontarians to sign and share. He calls on the provincial government to put an end to the overdose crisis once and for all. Government inaction continues to cost lives.

“I live the reality of realizing an accidental drug overdose every day after losing my 18-year-old son, Austin, to fentanyl in June 2020“, says the registered nurse Kathy Moreland, president of the Waterloo chapter of the RNAO. “He fell through the cracks of a broken system.” Moreland says she is one of many families who have experienced grief from an accidental overdose, and government intervention is desperately needed to prevent further tragedy.

“Harm reduction involves upstream prevention through various means: housing and mental health support, education, safe supply for those who are not ready to stop using, consumption and treatment services, decriminalization of possession minor and appropriate, accessible and evidence-based treatment available for those who are ready to recover. We need to do better,” adds Moreland.

Another way the RNAO is marking International Overdose Awareness Day and sounding the alarm about the need for more support is by releasing its new webpage In Focus: Best Practices in Healthcare Program mental and drug addiction.

“In Focus puts the issues that matter most to nurses and Ontarians under the microscope, and highlights RNAO’s extensive work, advocacy and partnerships to find solutions. Providing support to people dealing with mental health and/or addiction issues will always be a top priority for nurses. says RNAO CEO Dr. Doris Grinspun. “We will continue to work with our members and government to provide mental health and addictions supports that take a compassionate, person-centered approach. Individuals and their families need to know that help is readily available and easily accessible. only barrier to preventing death and accessing treatment if and when people are ready,” adds Grinspun.

Explore the In Focus webpage to learn more about the topic and how to get involved.

The Association of Registered Nurses of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and student nurses Ontario. Since 1925, the RNAO has been advocating for healthy public policy, promoting excellence in nursing practice, increasing the contribution of nurses to shaping the health care system, and influencing decisions that affect nurses and the public we serve. For more information about RNAO, visit RNAO.ca or follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

SOURCE Association of Registered Nurses of Ontario

For further information: Madison Scaini, Communications Officer/Editor Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), 1-800-268-7199 ext. 274, 416-408-5645, [email protected]

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