Construction to begin next week for Toronto’s first supervised injection site.

The city announced today that the construction on one of three safe injection sites in Toronto is set to begin next week moving forward on a commitment to speed up the opening of the facilities to combat a recent spike in suspected opioid-related deaths.

Many Canadian cities have grappled with drug overdose deaths in recent months.

Toronto Public Health’s most recent preliminary data indicates there were 87 opioid-related deaths in the city in the first six months of 2016, and there were 135 opioid-related deaths in 2015.