Elizabeth, who is a member of the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance, said they value the different perspectives and experiences everyone brings to the twice-weekly sessions and said it has helped them learn more about the community members they’d met and served.
“These aren’t just people who used drugs. They impacted others and they’re dearly missed,” Elizabeth said.
Frontline harm reduction worker Sara Elizabeth said she’s “gutted” by the many recent overdose deaths.
“I don’t see numbers, I see people I cared about and got to know,” they said.
The City's opioid crisis rages on amidst the pandemic. This fund goes towards efforts to combat the overdose epidemic, including harm reduction and increasing awareness of overdose deaths. It also provides support for the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance, Toronto Harm Reduction Worker's Union, and Overdose Action Toronto.
TOPS organized today's mass demonstration locally alongside the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance and members of the We Grieve Thousands Collective.