August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day across Canada and around the world. This day is a “Time To Remember” and a “Time To Act” and everyone is welcome to take part. This dedicated day shines a light on overdose but it is also a day to stand in solidarity with those who have lost […]
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Grey Bruce Drug Strategy endorses Policy Solutions to End the Drug Poisoning Crisis
Learn more @ https://drugstrategy.org/initiative/call-to-action/.
Book a consult with the Grey-Bruce Peer Advisory Committee!
Local residents with lived experience of substance use and addiction will continue to offer consultation sessions to service providers and agencies in Grey-Bruce in 2022. This is thanks to ongoing support and resourcing from the Community Drug & Alcohol Strategy.
To learn more about the committee and book a consult, click HERE.
Resources to support the engagement of People With Lived Experience
Looking to engage people with lived experience of substance use and addiction in service planning? Here are some resources to help get you started.
How to Involve People Who Use Drugs. Click HERE.
Peer Positive Toolbook. Click HERE.
Harm Reduction Fundamentals: A toolkit for service providers. Click HERE.
Benzos in the unregulated drug supply in Ontario
Benzodiazepines and novel non-fentanyl, synthetics opioids have been showing up the unregulated drug supply in Ontario, putting people at increased risk of victimization, overdose and death.
The Grey Bruce Health Unit Harm Reduction Team is encouraging community partners to learn about and share life-saving information about how to respond to opioid overdose and benzo toxicity.
Click HERE for more information.
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.
August 10th, 2022 – The Grey-Bruce Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy leadership group met on August 10th to reviewed the proposed policy solutions presented by the Drug Strategy Network of Ontario (DNSO). By consensus, our partners approved to endorse these recommendations, with the addition of the following comments: View the policy solutions and accompanying factsheets […]
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.
Peer Advisory Committee pilot project extension – Local residents with lived experience of substance use and addiction will continue to offer consultation session to service providers and agencies in Grey-Bruce in 2022. This is thanks to ongoing support and resourcing from the Community Drug & Alcohol Strategy. Agencies wishing to book a consultation session with […]
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
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, email@example.com, 519-372-7880.
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.
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/
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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.
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 […]
The Opioid Working Group seeks to reduce the harms associated with opioid use collaboratively. The Grey Bruce Health Unit (GBHU) coordinates the work of this Committee, with support from the Community Drug & Alcohol Strategy. For more information contact Heidi Lucas at Grey Bruce Public Health (email@example.com).
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.