Over 65 stakeholders join together to develop local opioid action planIssued: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
On Monday, April 3, 2017, the partners of the Community Drug Strategy (CDS) for the City of Greater Sudbury hosted a stakeholder consultation to inform a local opioid action plan. Over sixty-five representatives from the City, public health, enforcement, community-based organizations, health care, schools, academia and people with lived experience came together to discuss how to best address opioid use and opioid-related harms in the community.
Mayor Brian Bigger, and the CDS Executive Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Penny Sutcliffe and Chief Paul Pedersen, opened the meeting. “Opioid use is a national issue and it is important that Greater Sudbury is prepared,” said Mayor Bigger. “A local opioid action plan is the best way to protect our community.”
In the wake of the tragedies caused by opioid misuse in western Canada, the CDS partners are making it a priority to establish a local opioid action plan to prevent the same from happening our community.
“On average, Greater Sudbury sees a higher rate of opioid use and opioid-related harms compared to province. This issue is a complex one and no one organization can address it alone,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Sudbury & District Medical Officer of Health. “Together, we can reduce the health and social harms created by opioid misuse and the incidence of drug use in our community.”
“Working collaboratively with our community stakeholders to consult on the local opioid action plan is critical to addressing opioid use in Greater Sudbury,” said Chief Paul Pedersen, Greater Sudbury Police Service. “A localized plan will assist in enhancing the safety, security and wellness of our community and mitigate the harms that have already caused such tragedy across Canada.”
By early May of this year, an action plan will be brought to the CDS Executive Committee for approval. The participants envision a plan with at least the following elements:
- Prevention and education
- Harm reduction
For more information about the Community Drug Strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury and to learn how you can make a difference in our community, visit TakeActionSudbury.ca.