Community Drug Strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury
Substance misuse affects everyone. From the challenges of keeping medications away from children and teens; to alcohol misuse in teens and adults; to experimentation with substances and addictions, and accidental poisonings – substance misuse affects all of society.
The Community Drug Strategy envisions a community working together to improve the health, safety, and well-being of all individuals, families, neighbourhoods and communities in Greater Sudbury by creating a society increasingly free of the range of harms associated with substance misuse.
Our drug strategy is built on four principles that are integrated into the plan, forming both the support and the structure of our Community Drug Strategy.
Our call to action video
Why does Greater Sudbury need a Community Drug Strategy?
- In 2017, the City of Greater Sudbury saw 86 visits to the emergency department, 40 hospitalizations and 34 deaths related to opioids (Public Health Ontario, 2017).
- Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) made 127 arrests and laid 535 drug-related charges in 2016 (GSPS Annual Report, 2016).
- GSPS seized $1,190,038 worth of illicit drugs in 2016 (GSPS Annual Report, 2016).
- New deadly drugs and drug cocktails are appearing in the City of Greater Sudbury.
- In 2017, 10.6% of youth between grades 7-12 in Ontario reported using opioid pain relievers for non-medical reasons (OSDUHS, 2017).
- 1% of Ontario youth in grades 9-12 reported using fentanyl in 2017 (OSDUHS, 2017).
- Accidental opioid related deaths involving fentanyl in Canada increased by 81% from 2016-2017 (CIHI, 2017).
Let’s work together to reduce the impacts of substance misuse in our community!
The Community Drug Strategy has created an infographic and Communications Tool Kit to provide consistent messaging related to substance misuse in our area. Any section of the tool kit can be shared amongst community partners to help inform and educate Greater Sudbury about substance misuse.
This item was last modified on May 30, 2019