Exploring Toronto's Moss Park 'Consumption and Treatment Services Site' at and Open House Event

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Exploring Toronto's Moss Park 'Consumption and Treatment Services Site' at and Open House Event

By Fred Alvarado Fred is a community journalist with FOCUS MEDIA ARTS CENTRE

Recently, the Moss Park Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) opened its doors to the community, welcoming residents to an insightful Open House event. Located at 134 Sherbourne St., Moss Park CTS stands as a vital pillar in Toronto's healthcare framework, addressing the critical needs of vulnerable populations across the city.

Originally spearheaded by the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society, Moss Park CTS has blossomed into an essential resource, now overseen by the South Riverdale Community Health Centre. With Health Canada's exemption and funding from the Government of Ontario, Moss Park CTS offers an array of services, from Hepatitis C clinics to harm reduction initiatives, embodying a commitment to holistic care.

The Open House provided attendees with a firsthand look into the pivotal services offered by Moss Park CTS, encompassing naloxone training, safe needle disposal demonstrations, site tours, and chill space activities. In an era marked by escalating overdose rates, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Moss Park CTS emerges as a beacon of hope, saving lives and championing health through its overdose prevention and supervised consumption services.

Recent findings published in medical journal, The Lancet, underscore the efficacy of supervised consumption sites in curbing opioid fatalities, with neighbourhoods within 500 meters witnessing a remarkable 67% reduction in overdose deaths post-site establishment. These results show the urgent need for controlled drug use interventions amid a public health crisis that has claimed tens of thousands of Canadian lives.

Despite controversy surrounding supervised consumption sites, Moss Park CTS remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering health, community, and hope. As Toronto grapples with soaring opioid-related fatalities, Moss Park CTS stands as a beacon of resilience, offering a lifeline to those in need by combating the overdose crisis and delivering essential healthcare services to marginalized communities.

Under the guidance of Erin and Bryan, RPTV embarked on a tour and demonstration, offering insights into the invaluable work conducted at the CTS.


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Video Upload Date: March 12, 2024

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