Residents invited to have their say on supervised injection, treatment facility
Peterborough residents are invited to take part in a survey on impact of a supervised consumption and drug treatment site on the city and its people.
The survey is open until Nov. 30 at surveymonkey.com/r/cts-engagement-survey.
Ongoing conversations about a consumption and treatment services site in the city have happened as the city faces an opioid crisis.
The people of Peterborough are invited to comment on the impact that a Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) site will have on the opioid crisis in their community, with 26 suspected opioid-related deaths so far in the city in 2019.
A CTS would provide addiction treatment services, primary care, mental health, housing and other social supports.
It would also allow people who use injection drugs to do so under the supervision of health professionals to prevent opioid-poisoning deaths.
“We are looking forward to moving into action after almost two years of working with people who struggle with addiction, and many who have lost loved ones to the opioid crisis,” stated Kim Dolan, executive director at PARN, in a press release.
“This crisis affects us all. It is time for us to put aside judgment and support the addition of a CTS to the existing, comprehensive response that Ontario has implemented over the past three years. I look forward to Peterborough shifting to an understanding that addictions are a disability, not a character flaw, and asking what else can we do to help.”
The committee working to bring a CTS to Peterborough includes MPP Dave Smith, Mayor Diane Therrien, Selwyn Township Deputy Mayor Sherry Senis (representing Peterborough County), and representatives of Fourcast (Four Counties Addiction Services Team), Peterborough Public Health, city police, Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton Kawartha Lakes Pine Ridge, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, the 360 Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic and PARN.
The group also includes private business White Path Consulting, a retired emergency room physician and community members with experience in developing inclusive programs, states the press release.
“We are committed to being part of the continuing efforts to bring aCTS site to Peter borough along with MPP Dave Smith and other partners,” stated Peter Williams, chair of the Peterborough Drug Strategy. “This model, proven to save and change lives, is long overdue in Peterborough.”
While no location for aCTS has been confirmed, organizers say the public will be notified once it has.
The province has approved 16 CTS sites.
Organizers say facilities like this improve access to treatment health and social services, decrease the spread of diseases such as HIV and reduce overall health-care costs. The sites can also slow the spread of discarded needles.
The committee has launched a website that will allow people to stay up-to-date and offer feedback at peterboroughdrugstrategy.com/cts/. Public information sessions are planned for later in November.
“We have an opportunity to do something for our community that will make a difference in the lives of so many families,” Smith stated.