Whereas, the City of Peterborough is experiencing a devastating amount of loss due to a toxic drug supply;
Whereas, there were 10 reported drug poisoning deaths in Peterborough in January 2023 alone;
Whereas, on the day this motion was drafted – 1:52 p.m. Thursday, February 9th, 2023 there had already been three overdoses, and one suspected drug poisoning death and that day;
Whereas, the drug poisonings mentioned occurred on Peterborough Public Library and City Transit Terminal property;
Whereas, City Staff are regularly present where such drug poisonings occur;
Whereas, City Staff are currently prohibited from carrying Naloxone or otherwise responding to prevent fatal outcomes from drug poisonings; and,
Be it resolved that City Staff report back to Council in the April cycle of meetings, with a comprehensive strategy, including risks and implications, for the provision of Naloxone training for City staff, taking into account new provincial legislation allowing for such training, and the clear and overwhelming need for this training in light of the ongoing public health crisis affecting our community.