Media Advisory - Technical briefing and media event on expanding harm-reduction services in Toronto

TORONTO, March 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, will host a media event on March 14 to promote the release of a Board of Health report on supervised injection services. Supervised injection services are health services that provide a safe, hygienic environment for people to inject pre-obtained drugs under a nurse's supervision.

Date:

Monday, March 14



Times:

11 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.: technical briefing


11:40 a.m. to noon: news conference


Noon to 1 p.m.: A related tour for media will be available immediately after the news conference.



Location:

277 Victoria St., Boardroom fifth floor



Note:

Cameras will not be allowed in the boardroom during the technical briefing.

Speakers:

  • Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel
  • Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health

The new report follows a Board of Health report that recommended the implementation of these health services and was adopted by the Board of Health in July 2013. The 2016 report will be available on Monday at http://bit.ly/1UPXIk8 and considered at the March 21 Board of Health meeting. Printed copies will be made available at Monday's briefing.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

SOURCE City of Toronto

For further information: Media contact: Lenore Bromley, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974, lbromle@toronto.ca

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