The opioid pandemic death count continues to rise. Canada will exceed 4000 deaths to opioids in 2017. Normalizing opioids will deliver the second crisis - a broken health care system. The Institute for Smarter Government presented to Waterloo Regional Council March 21 at a special public meeting on safe injection sites. If there is a community in Canada that can help reduce the effects of the opioid pandemic it is Waterloo Region.