Canada's Health Minister Visits Windsor To Talk Opioid Crisis

Canada's Health Minister is meeting with stakeholders across the country.

Ginette Petitpas Taylor was in Windsor on Wednesday and held a roundtable discussion dealing with the Opioid crisis as well as mental health.

She says she wanted to hear the realities of the crisis in the Windsor area.

"We certainly recognize that the Opioid crisis is a national public health crisis," she says.  "We know that last year we lost 4,000 Canadians as a result of this crisis."

She adds the federal government needs to work with its stakeholders to tackle the issue.

"We also recognize that we need to have all hands on deck in order to effectively deal with this situation," says Petitpas Taylor.  "So it is important for me as minister of health to work with all of my partners at the provincial level, at the municipal level and front line service providers."

Petitpas Taylor also highlighted that naloxone is now available without a prescription.

20 stakeholders were on hand including Mayor Drew Dilkens, Windsor Police Chief Al Frederick and Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed.

The discussion was held at the University of Windsor's School of Social Work.

While in Windsor, the minister and two MPs from London also visited Harmony In Action