Opioid deaths in Canada continue to accelerate, with over 8000 opioid deaths since January 2016. With 1 in 5 Canadians aged 15 and older experiencing a substance disorder in their lifetime, the total estimated cost of substance use in Canada in 2014 exceeded $38.4 billion. At the current rate, the opioid pandemic will break the back of Canadian healthcare and overwhelm first responders in many communities.
The Institute for Smarter Government, a non-profit organization based in Waterloo, Ontario, is conducting Canada’s Opioid Summit ONE datathon this autumn and invites colleges across Canada to engage faculty, students and community of health, social service, justice, education and first responders to participate. We will host an online introduction to the event and its purpose on September 27. Opioid Summit ONE will begin for students and community members October 25 at your campus, with the goal to have students share their research and presentations at their college and across Canada using Video Conferencing on November 15. The Institute for Smarter Government will provide data sets, analytic models, media plans and agenda to help make the event successful.
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