The Middlesex-London Health Unit and several of its partners held a news conference on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 to provide an update about the local response to the current opioid crisis. While opioid drug deaths spiked early in 2018, they dropped steadily through the rest of the year.
“As a community, we are beginning to take deaths out of the overdose crisis. Harm
reduction and outreach work of various sorts is connecting people with treatment,
reconnecting people with their cultures, and helping to get people’s lives back on track,”
says Dr. Chris Mackie, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of the Middlesex-London Health
Unit. “We are a long way from finding a solution to the opioid crisis – much remains to be
done – but this is a landmark moment.”