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NDP says Queen's Park is holding back money Toronto needs for opioid crisis

Prescription pills containing oxycodone and acetaminophen are pictured in this June 20, 2012 photo. Medically sanctioned opioid use has dropped by almost 14 per cent since national guidelines for prescribing the drugs were introduced in 2010, yet the rate of overdose-related hospital visits continued to rise, an Ontario study has found.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

The New Democrats are demanding the Liberal government give Toronto the funds it needs to combat the opioid crisis.

NDP health critic France Gelinas says the province is in the midst of an opioid crisis and claims Premier Kathleen Wynne is holding back money the Toronto Board of Health needs.

Drug overdoses in Toronto in 2015 claimed the lives of 258 people in Toronto.

The Toronto Board of Health requested additional funding of $375,000 for its overdose action plan in March.


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