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 reducing the incidence of drug use and creating a society increasingly free of the range of harms associated with substance misuse.
Foundations of the Strategy
Every building needs a solid foundation. Our drug strategy is built on four foundations 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?
We need a community drug strategy because:
- 14% of people in Greater Sudbury over the age of 12 reported using illicit drugs.
(2009 – 2012, CCHS)
- 34% of youth in grades 7 to 12 reported using illicit drugs.
- 108 people died from prescription opioid toxicity between 2008 and 2014.
(2008 – 2014, Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario)
- 1,580 drug-related chargeswere laid in 2015 by the GSPS.
- These are not just numbers, but real people, with families
and friends living in neighbourhoods, in Greater Sudbury.
- Substance misuse can lead to unintentional and intentional injuries, various chronic diseases, legal problems and economic hardship. The health consequences of substance misuse further burden the health care system. Treatment centres are at capacity and the demand continues.
- The city of Greater Sudbury is a distribution point for illegal and illicit drugs and narcotics entering northern Ontario due to its geographic proximity and easy access to transportation routes, which include the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 400.
(Greater Sudbury Police, 2014)
This item was last modified on June 20, 2018