Steering Committee meeting of the Canada-U.S. Joint Action Plan on Opioids 2021

In their February 23, 2021 Roadmap for a Renewed Canada-U.S. Partnership, President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau reaffirmed their commitment to sustained cooperation to address the opioid overdose crisis through the Canada-U.S. Joint Action Plan on Opioids. 

On May 26, 2021, the steering committee of the Joint Action Plan, which includes federal officials of the governments of the United States and Canada, met virtually to discuss initiatives designed to further enhance their cooperation.

The Joint Action Plan is designed to strengthen cross-border cooperation and find effective approaches to addressing the opioid overdose crisis across three working groups covering law enforcement, border security, and health. The Plan has facilitated increased information sharing to address the trafficking of opioids, including fentanyl and related substances. It has also been a forum for bilateral discussions on addressing health impacts and public health approaches to opioid-related harms, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

At the May 26 meeting, the steering committee endorsed the following activities to help address the opioid overdose crisis in 2021:

By improving our capacities and collaboration, these activities will help Canada and the U.S. become more effective in resolving the opioid overdose crisis.

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