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Wednesday, October 17, 2018  | 9:00 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County


Do you think there is a need for supervised injection services in Windsor and/or Essex County? Do you have any concerns about supervised injection services? If so, we want to hear from you! #HarmReductionWE

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is seeking community feedback about supervised injection services (SIS) in Windsor and Essex County (WEC). This is to better understand the needs of our community and identify any questions or concerns related to SIS. Adults over the age of 16 years who live, work, or go to school in WEC are encouraged to fill out a survey at www.wechu.org/sis. The survey will be available until December 17, 2018.

Communities across Canada have been experiencing opioid and other drug-related issues. Locally, in WEC, we are facing increased illness and deaths related to the use of opioids and other drugs.  Drug-related overdoses, as reported by EMS, increased from 505 in 2016 to 783 in 2017. For more information about substance use in Windsor and Essex County, visit www.wechu.org/reports/substance-misuse.

“Substance use is complex and requires more than one approach. Supervised injection services have the potential to address the issues that we are seeing in Windsor and Essex County, including overdose-related deaths, public injection and discarding of needles, access to treatment and other health and social services, and hepatitis C rates. Community organizations are looking into these issues, as part of the Windsor-Essex Community Opioid and Substance Use Strategy, and have started having conversation about SIS. This study will help inform these decisions,” says Theresa Marentette, Chief Executive Officer at the WECHU.

This is a preliminary study to better understand the needs of our community and identify any questions or concerns related to SIS and strategies to address such concerns. We are also reaching out to various key groups and individuals to have more in-depth interviews and consultation sessions. We want as much community input as possible.

For more information about the study, visit www.wechu.org/sis or call the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit at 519-258-2146

Media Contact:
Communications Department
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)
news@wechu.org

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