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This report presents the results from the preliminary evaluation of the Safer Opioid Supply (SOS) program at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre. Using data from surveys and interviews with SOS clients, this evaluation explored questions related to the objectives the SOS set in its pilot phase, including whether the program is effective in:

  • Reducing the risk of overdose and death;
  • Offering low-barrier care in a community setting;
  • Connecting clients with healthcare, social care, and harm reduction services; and
  • Decreasing harms associated with involvement in criminalized activities related to substance use.

The evaluation also explored clients’ quality of life outcomes and access to social supports. The report includes a summary of client-identified needs related to safer supply and recommendations at the program, community, and policy levels. This report is accompanied by a summary infographic, available here