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February 1, 2021

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March 19 – Overdose alert issued by Grey Bruce Public Health


There has been another fatal opioid overdose (pending lab confirmation) in Owen Sound. Three fatal overdoses in Owen Sound this week alone have been reported by police. This is in addition to an ongoing trend of multiple overdoses within Grey and Bruce this year. Anecdotally there have been at least 8 fatal overdoses this year alone (pending Coroner confirmation). It is assumed that fentanyl or carfentanil are involved, in this case, a grey chalk-like product is suspected. Other reports indicate substances of differing colors, blue, yellow, pink, purple.

People are at significant risk of overdose due to the highly toxic drug Fentanyl and/or Carfentanil found in the illicit drug supply.

Grey Bruce Public Health urges people who use drugs to do so as safely as possible by following Harm Reduction strategies.

You can help reduce risks by talking about harm reduction techniques with clients and peers, and sharing information about local harm reduction services. For talking points and other relevant resources visit the Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy website by clicking HERE.

January 6, 2021

news

Introducing the…

The Community Drug & Alcohol Strategy is excited to announce that the Peer Advisory Committee was launched on December 10th, 2020!

Agencies wishing to book a consultation session with the committee can contact Alison Govier at agovier@cmhagb.org or 519-372-7880. Learn more by visiting our Initiatives page.

October 5, 2020

news

Drug Strategies Across Ontario Request Safe Supply Initiatives to Prevent Unnecessary Deaths From Overdose Poisoning

Please take a moment to read the letters to the federal and provincial health ministers and consider signing the petition. Change.org petition – http://chng.it/ygCVrMgK

October 5, 2020

news

Peer Advisory Council launches this fall!

The Community Drug & Alcohol Strategy’s Peer Advisory Council will meet for the first time in October. Council members will help shape programs and services in our community based on their experience with drugs and alcohol. For more information contact Alison Govier, agovier@cmhagb.org, 519-372-7880.

May 6, 2020

news

COVID-19 and Substance Use

Stress, anxiety and self-isolation during COVID-19 can impact our mental health and the way we use substances. In some cases our substance use may put us at increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe health complications. Help is available during COVID-19. We’ve compiled some resources to help people find the supports they need. See our Resources page for more information.

May 6, 2020

news

Local Supports for People Who Use Drugs

  • Addiction Services at CMHA Grey Bruce remains open, providing services online, over the phone and in some cases face-to-face. Group programing is canceled until further notice. https://greybruce.cmha.ca/addictions/
  • The Rapid Assessment & Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinic & the Withdrawal Management Program at Grey Bruce Health Services remain open to clients at this time. Call (519) 376-3999.
  • The Methadone Clinic (Ontario Addiction Treatment Centre) in Owen Sound remains open, with social distancing measures in place. Call 1-877-937-2282 or 519-371-0007.
  • The Needle Exchange and Naloxone Distribution at Grey Bruce Public Health remain open. Harm Reduction supplies can also be obtained at GB Works Needle Syringe Program locations across the counties.
  • Some Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings have moved to online platform. AA – http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php NA – https://georgianheartlandna.org/

January 1, 2020

initiative

Introducing the Peer Advisory Committee!

The Community Drug & Alcohol Strategy is excited to announce that the Peer Advisory Committee was launched on December 10th, 2020!

Agencies wishing to book a consultation session with the committee can contact Alison Govier at agovier@cmhagb.org or 519-372-7880. WHAT WE DOThe Peer Advisory Committee provides local agencies opportunities toconsult community members who have lived/living experience with addiction, through monthly closed session meetings. WHO WE AREWe are a compassionate, invested audience for service providers in GreyBruce, […]

October 2, 2019

event

Workshop: Engaging people with lived/living experience

On October 2nd, 2019 the Community Drug & Alcohol Strategy, in partnership with the Grey Bruce Poverty Taskforce will host a workshop on the benefits of engaging people with lived/living experience in service planning and delivery. Participants will learn practical engagement strategies from local community groups and experts in the field. Click here to register!

For more information contact Alison Govier, agovier@cmhagb.org.

October 1, 2019

event

Opioid and Us

The Opioid Working Group of the Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy welcomes community members to attend one of four townhalls hosted throughout Bruce and Grey County during the month of October. This is an opportunity for community members to hear personal stories from people who have experienced opioid addiction and to learn more about the local impact of the opioid crisis from first responders and mental health professionals. No registration required. All are welcome.

For more information contact Ian Reich, I.Reich@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

August 23, 2019

event

Community BBQ to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day

The Grey Bruce Health Unit, joins with Safe ‘n Sound and the Grey Bruce Opioid Working Group to host a Community BBQ on Friday, August 23, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Safe ‘n Sound, 310 8th Street East, Owen Sound. All are welcome!

April 10, 2019

minutes

Leadership Group Meeting Minutes

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January 16, 2019

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Leadership Group Meeting Minutes

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December 5, 2018

event

Cannabis and Workplace Policy

Sundeep Gokhale and Matthew Badrov, employment and labour lawyers from Sherrard Kuzz LLP, will lead a half-day session on the implications of cannabis legalizations and workplace policy.

December 1, 2018 — June 22, 2019

initiative

Youth & Cannabis Working Group

Preventing cannabis-related harms among youth

The Youth & Cannabis Working Group brings together school boards, police, youth mental health & addiction counselors, and public health nurses. The aim is to align all partners around evidence-based best practices for preventing or reducing the harms associated with cannabis use. The working group supported the delivery of two key initiatives: Weed Out the […]

November 2, 2018

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Leadership Group Meeting Minutes

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December 1, 2016

initiative

Opioid Working Group

A collaborative response to opioid addiction and overdose in Bruce and Grey counties

The Opioid Working Group seeks to reduce the harms associated with opioid use in Bruce and Grey counties. Coordinated efforts to prevent opioid use and reduce opioid-related harms include: Public awareness and education events Overdose response/Naloxone training Needle exchange Medication return campaigns Overdose monitoring and surveillance Healthcare provider education Treatment and supports For more information […]

news

Drug Strategies in Ontario fighting stigma through storytelling

See how communities in Ontario are addressing stigma by shining light on the human side of addiction.

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LAST CALL (Guelph, Wellington, Dufferin)

SEE THE PERSON (Hamilton)

WE ARE JEFF (Sudbury)

news

New working group will tackle harms associated with alcohol use

A new inter-sectoral working group of the Community Drug & Alcohol Strategy will focus on youth prevention, public awareness of health risks, and stigma associated with alcohol use disorder.

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