Funding needed to keep toxic drug supply data dashboard going: St John Ambulance

The emergency response organization created the National Drug Alert System Dashboard in collaboration with drug checking and harm reduction services nationwide.

Why It Matters

Crowdsourcing data points and information can help organizations in similar sectors access a single truth source. However, developing and sustaining databases requires financial sustainability.

The people behind a dashboard that tracks the supply of toxic drugs around the country are seeking further funding to become a self-sustaining project.  Launched in 2022, St John Ambulance developed the National Drug Alert System (NDAS) “in response to the continued escalation of the opioid crisis and the influx of toxic drugs in communities across Canada,” said Lisa Yang, the program manager for St John Ambulance’s Accidental Drug Poisoning Crisis Community of Practice (ADPC-CoP).

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