Paulo Dinola does not really care who wins the provincial election until the next government tries to save others from the fate of his son, who became another figure in Ontario’s opioid crisis last year.
Aaron Dinola died on November 6, 2021 after overdosing on fentanyl. The 32-year-old is the father of three children.
“He’s my handsome guy, he’s always had a good heart, but he’s become addicted to painkillers after a car accident,” Palo Dinola said in an interview. “Three years later he died from Fenton – the system failed him.”
Opioid deaths and hospital admissions have increased significantly across the province since the outbreak in early 2020.
The chief coroner on Thursday shared data that 2,819 people will die from opioid poisoning in 2021. This is up from 2,460 opioid deaths in the previous year – 58 percent higher than the number of deaths recorded in 2019.
Both the NDP and the Liberals pledged to help deal with the opioid problem on Thursday, while Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford said a few days ago that it would help anyone with a drug addiction.
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Dinola Ont., Was in a hotel in Paris where NDP leader Andrea Harvard stopped campaigning and promised to reform the mental health system.
If elected in June, the New Democrats will expand access to safe injection and consumption sites, increase drug beds and call on the federal government to crack down on illicit drugs, Harvard said.
“People are in a desperate place, and everyone who experiences slavery should get some support to help them find a way out of that place,” Harvard said.
“We are not going to do that by removing services or shutting down services. We ‘re going to do that by making sure people have services when they need them.
Liberal leader Steven del Duga said his party would restart the opioid task force and pour hundreds of millions of dollars into expanding access to naloxone – an opioid overdose reversal drug – and building more homes with mental health support.
“It’s very worrying to see what happens,” he said of the opioid crisis. “For example, we’ve heard from mayors all over this province because they do not have the funds to address how challenging this is in each of their communities.”
Liberals also promise to increase the range of new consumption and treatment sites.
In 2019, the progressive conservative government transformed the addictive treatment model from safe injection sites to consumption and treatment services that were charged with having more rebound services. Fifteen sites were approved at the time, and some existing over-block sites were forced to close.
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The Tories have increased the number of sites allowed to 21, but approved the 17th site in the province earlier this year, which is new from 2019 onwards.
Progressive conservatives said they would train in naloxone tools and high-risk workplaces to help reduce opioid overdose in the unfulfilled budget that serves as their election platform.
The province has spent $ 31 million on centers, a PC spokesman said, and they will spend $ 90 million to increase the number of addictive treatment beds.
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Dinola said her son was addicted to opioids after suffering a neck and back injury in a car accident. The electrician first pushed the pergoset into pain, but eventually graduated in fentanyl.
In an interview, Dinola said, “Fentanyl and meth were dangerous levels in his system when he died.
Her son was diagnosed with schizophrenia and in several cases was hospitalized for psychiatric evaluations, Dinola said.
“Maybe he thought to himself, he might have tried self-medication to improve himself,” Dinola said.
His son’s wife left him before he died, Dinola said. Dinola helped raise her grandchildren and had one rule: she didn’t want it with the kids because there were no drugs in her house. But he said his son had repeatedly violated that rule.
His father said Aaron Dinola would sleep on the couch and in his front hall, strolling on the couch for many years. His son became a petty thief and was jailed on several occasions, including a 77-day stay last fall, excluding court dates.
He was cleansed inside and treated with saboxone which helps with opioid drugs and anti-psychotic drugs, Palo Dinola said.
“But they let him out without a prescription,” Dinola said. “They said getting medicine was his problem.”
At one point, he was released eight hours later while his son was being held at a local hospital under Ontario Mental Health Act, Dinola said.
An hour later, Aaron Dinola was taken to hospital after overdosing on fentanyl, and he survived.
Paulo Dinola said his son could not find a family doctor. He said he took his son to a local emergency room for four consecutive days, but they continued to ask him to return the next day.
A few days later, his son died.
“He asked for help, I asked for help, but the system did not help,” he sighed. “Actually, the system hurt him, it killed him. Something had to change.”
In the last five years, autopsy data show that 9,640 people have died from severe opioid poisoning.
Lorraine Lam, outreach worker at the Toronto Sanctuary Ministry, said the next provincial government would need to focus on providing safer drugs if it wants to tackle the opioid crisis.
“We are seeing an increase in over-the-counter drugs all the time. We are not really hitting any plateau,” he said.
“Now we see not only the stigmatized, but also the reality that it’s all there. This is a bad distribution.
Tara Gomez, an epidemiologist at Unity Health, said there was no urgency from the province or the federal government.
Gomez said both levels of government should relax the rules on proven opioid therapies such as suboxone and methadone, the broader expansion of harm reduction, safer places to use drugs and the decriminalization of drugs.
“Although we have seen these waves come and go with the epidemic, opioid-related deaths are increasing every year,” Gomez said.
“This is not something that will be resolved anytime soon.”
Ontario’s election is set for June 2.
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