In December of last year, the Toronto Star reported how Public Health Agency of Canada data indicates that the of overdose deaths linked to opioids was on pace to surpass 4,000 by the end of 2017. This is a lot higher than in 2016, with almost 75% of the deaths involving fentanyl specifically. In this episode, we discuss Canada’s alarming opioid crisis with Claudia Swoboda-Geen, a public health nurse with Ontario’s Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Claudia provides a detailed overview of the crisis, including why it’s popped up in the first place, and how public health can collaborate with other sectors to tackle this problem.
Claudia Swoboda-Geen is a Public Health Nurse with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Injury and Substance Misuse program, Co Chair of the Prevention pillar of the Simcoe Mukoka Opioid Strategy and Chair of the Simcoe Muskoka Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy. She is also a member of the Municipal Drug Strategy Coordinators Network of Ontario and Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Access work group.