Res­i­dents in­vited to have their say on su­per­vised in­jec­tion, treat­ment fa­cil­ity

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL - EX­AM­INER STAFF

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.

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