Sudbury will investigate supervised safe drug sites

Sudbury’s Community Drug Strategy (CDS) is launching a study to explore if supervised consumption services could help address some of the drug issues in Greater Sudbury, said a news release from Public Health Sudbury and Districts.

“This study will help us understand the current needs of people who use drugs, the needs of our community, as well as the impact of drug misuse in our community,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Sudbury & Districts. Along with Greater Sudbury Police Services Chief, Paul Pedersen, Dr. Sutcliffe co-chairs the Executive Committee of the CDS.

Supervised consumption services have been shown to reduce overdoses, infections, and deaths related to drug misuse. king size weighted blanket The Community Drug Strategy is seeking community input to help make informed decisions about providing safe and meaningful services for people who use drugs, said the release.

“The findings will be used to determine the degree of need for supervised consumption services, as well as the ideal conditions under which services could operate in Greater Sudbury. It is an essential step in applying for a federal exemption to operate these services,” said Chief Paul Pedersen, Greater Sudbury Police Service.

The Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study (NAFS) will be overseen by the Community Drug Strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury. weighted blanket autism The Study is led by Dr. Patrick Oghene, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and his research team. The study includes three parts:

  In-person interviews with people who inject drugs

The research team is conducting in-person interviews with people who inject drugs and is encouraging people to participate by contacting Dr. Patrick Oghene at 705.988.1011 or ooghene@nosm.ca.

  Community online survey

Anyone over the age of 16 and living in Greater Sudbury can complete an online survey to share their view on supervised consumption services at phsd.ca/cds.

  Focus groups

Focus groups with a variety of people who live, work, and offer services in Greater Sudbury will take place in the fall of 2019. More information on participant recruitment will be available in late summer.

The NAFS is anticipated to be complete by the spring of 2020. At that time, the CDS will share the findings with our community and make decisions about next steps.

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