Reducing substance-related harms in Bruce and Grey counties
As a collaborative of public service providers, businesses and community members, it is our mission to improve the health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities in Bruce and Grey counties by reducing health and social harms associated with substances.
There is a lack of identity and history. There is a need for a connection, a human need for love and belonging and if it’s not there, our people may turn to something else”
Local service provider
Staying well is about reaching out. Finding that connection”
Client of CMHA Grey Bruce Mental Health and Addiction Services
In Canada, there are more hospitalizations caused by alcohol than heart attacks.
Canadian Institute for Health Information
Substance related ER visit rates more than doubled between 2001 and 2015
Grey Bruce Public Health
More than half of substance-related ER visits in Grey Bruce involve alcohol.
Grey Bruce Health Unit
11% of Ontario students report using an opioid nonmedically.
Ontario Student Drug and Health Survey
Feb 1, 2021
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.
Jan 6, 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-372-7880. Learn more by visiting our Initiatives page.
June 30, 2021
Through the lens of lived experience – Reflections from Peer Advisory Committee members