We are a community-based organization made up of dedicated, caring, committed individuals. Staff and volunteers alike provide support, education, and advocacy in a safe and confidential environment for HIV-positive individuals, their families, and their friends.
In 1987, we started the AIDS Committee of Niagara. We were an advisory committee to the Niagara Regional Public Health Service’s AIDS Program. We evolved from a committee to a not-for-profit, community-based AIDS service organization (ASO).
Overdose Prevention Site
It is with heavy hearts that we would like to let you know that we’ve been informed by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care that the Overdose Prevention Site that we were in the final stages of implementing is now being placed on hold.
Our letter from the Ministry states “In the coming weeks, the Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care will be reviewing the evidence and speaking to experts to ensure that any continuation of Supervised Consumption Services and Overdose Prevention Sites are going to introduce people into rehabilitation and ensure people struggling with addiction will get the help they need.”
This hold is in effect until the Minister of Health has completed this review.
We cannot express our disappointment at this position given the vast body of knowledge that exists demonstrating the effectiveness of such programs. Positive Living Niagara working in hand with the Overdose Prevention and Education Network of Niagara had approval to open a site and was recruiting and preparing for an opening in September. At this time we will have to hold any implementation until we get Ministry of Health and Long Term Care authorization to proceed.
Our community has been extremely supportive of the development of a Overdose Prevention Site here in St. Catharines. This has included many of our City, Region, Provincial and Federal politicians.
We will be advising the Minister on the need for a temporary site and the possible need for long term Supervised Consumption Sites here in Niagara. We are facing a huge crisis in our area with overdoses and deaths. We can only hope that this delay will not result in any unnecessary deaths due to overdose in our community.
Thank you for all of the support, and we will be sure to keep you posted.
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Positive Living Niagara is very proud to be one of Niagara’s first Living Wage Employers.