Community Drug Strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury

The results of the Supervised Consumption Services Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study are now available. The findings concluded that Greater Sudbury would benefit from supervised consumption services (SCS) and that these services may be feasible in the City of Greater Sudbury to address local substance use.

Substance use continues to impact the health and safety of our community. As a community, there are many things we can do to address the harms related to substance use. One of these actions is to consider supervised consumption services (SCS).

Expression of Interest for site location

On October 29, 2020, Réseau ACCESS Network, in collaboration with the Community Drug Strategy and with the support of Public Health Sudbury & Districts, issued a Request for Expression of Interest for building owners who may be interested in providing space for supervised consumption services.

Thank you to each of the applicants who expressed interest in providing a site for the proposed supervised consumption services in Greater Sudbury. Réseau ACCESS Network, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, and the Community Drug Strategy are grateful for the support shown by the community and these applicants.

Five applications were received, and four of these locations were deemed unsuitable due to the physical space (proximity to residential areas and/or lack of proximity to the downtown, or accessibility concerns), and one applicant withdrew their application.

We know that SCS are not the only solution to this crisis and so the CDS is working on other interventions to address the harms of substance use such as addressing stigma, educating our community on how to prevent overdoses and encouraging community members to carry naloxone.

As next steps, the working group is discussing with other partners who have since shown an interest in hosting the SCS. Suitability of these locations will be reviewed. If these locations are deemed unsuitable, we will be issuing another expression of interest.

Learn more about supervised consumption services and the work of the CDS to implement them.

Supervised Consumption Services Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study

The findings of the Supervised Consumption Services Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study concluded that the City of Greater Sudbury would benefit from supervised consumption services and that these services may be a feasible strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury to address the significant and growing health impacts associated with substance use.
Full report (PDF, 1.513 KB) HTML
Summary (PDF, 527 KB) HTML
Highlights and summary (PDF, 580 KB) HTML

Next steps

The Executive Committee of the Community Drug Strategy (CDS) for the City of Greater Sudbury, has reviewed the Study and consulted with CDS partners, and supports their recommendation to proceed with the next steps to establish supervised consumption services in Greater Sudbury. The CDS will now seek a letter of support from Sudbury City Council as a required next step in the provincial process which includes a request for a federal exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act.

Recommendations (PDF, 231 KB)

We Are Jeff

Working together for our community’s health.

Keeping your family and friends safe from the impacts of substance use contributes to the health, safety and well-being of communities in Greater Sudbury. We offer strategies for youth, adults, and older adults to be informed and educated in promoting health.

Those people are us

Stigma is the use of negative stereotypes to judge or discriminate.

Unfortunately, stigma is one of the largest, most impactful barriers that people who use drugs face on a daily basis. People who use drugs come from all walks of life, we don’t know who might be struggling. Talk to your friends and family about drug use.

How can you make a difference in your community?

Sign up for drug alerts, learn about how and where to get naloxone, how and where to safely dispose of discarded needles, how to safely dispose of unused and expired medication, and more!

Resources

Opioid Surveillance

City of Greater Sudbury’s Opioid Poisonings Response Plan (PDF, 2.01 MB)

Communications Tool Kit (PDF, 763 MB)

Community Drug Strategy: A Call to Action (PDF, 3.11 MB)

CDS Executive Summary (PDF, 220 KB)

Supervised consumption services FAQ

 


This item was last modified on December 4, 2020