There is a growing opioid crisis in Canada from which Ottawa has not been spared. In 2016 alone, almost 2,500 Canadians died from preventable overdoses, and in Ottawa, deaths have increased sharply. With the creation of a new temporary safe consumption site, and the expected opening of permanent sites in the coming weeks there is an urgent need for a comprehensive municipal harm reduction transition strategy. Along with three of my colleagues, I wrote to the Medical Officer of Health last week to encourage him to implement such a plan as soon as possible. Ultimately, we need a collaborative, public health-focused approach to address the crisis. You can read the letter by clicking below.