Supervised consumption services study: Nearly 2000 Greater Sudbury residents have had their voice heard. Have you?Issued: Thursday, August 29, 2019
The Community Drug Strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury is extending the deadline for residents to have their voice heard as part of the Supervised Consumption Services Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study.
“We want to ensure all members of our community have an opportunity to be heard in this important process. To date, we have received a remarkable 1950 responses to the online community survey and have conducted 200 in-person interviews with people who inject drugs and live in Greater Sudbury,” said Dr. Ariella Zbar, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Public Health Sudbury & Districts and Co-chair of the Community Advisory Committee for the Community Drug Strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury.
The survey (https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/SCS-NAFS) will remain open until September 10, 2019, for residents of Greater Sudbury to have their say.
The study was launched in June to determine the degree of need for supervised consumption services, as well as to understand the best conditions under which services might operate in Greater Sudbury. Preparations are currently underway to hold focus groups with a variety of people who live, work, and offer services in Greater Sudbury.
“The findings of the study will ensure that we are recommending solutions that respond to real needs in our community,” said Sheila Weber, Deputy Chief of Police, Greater Sudbury Police Service and Co-chair of the Community Advisory Committee for the Community Drug Strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury. “We are very encouraged by the interest in the topic and by the participation in the study.”
Preliminary results of the study will be made available later in the fall on the Community Drug Strategy website. The site, www.phsd.ca/cds, is the key source for updates on the study, as well as information about health promotion, harm reduction, treatment, and enforcement.
“A thriving community is an engaged community, and the Community Drug Strategy for the City of Greater Sudbury thanks everyone who has made this study a priority. Together we ensure Greater Sudbury continues to be a great place to live, work, and play,” said Dr. Zbar.