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Last year nearly 2 million people in Ontario filled opioid prescriptions, representing approximately 14% of the overall population, or one out of every seven people (Health Quality Ontario, 2017). These high volumes of opioid being made available in communities across the province have led to higher rates of misuse, abuse and overdose. This is a concern not only for patients who are prescribed opioids but also their family members, and those who obtain these substances on the illicit market. Federal and provincial governments have recently released strategies to address some of these issues however additional action is needed at the local and regional levels.
The strategy to battle rising rates of opioid-related overdose and death in Windsor-Essex was released to the public on Friday by the Opioid Strategy Leadership Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Wajid Ahmed (Acting Medical Officer of Health, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit) and Chief Bruce Krauter (Essex-Windsor EMS).
The following is a collection of Naloxone-related resources for our Community Partners.
The Windsor-Essex Community Opioid Strategy (WECOS) seeks to address the increases in opioid related harms through a set of best practice strategies tailored through community feedback. Recognizing that no single activity or action can adequately address an issue as complex as substance abuse, a four pillar approach has been adopted in similar sized Ontario municipalities and as such will be the structural model on which the WECOS is based.
The goal of the strategy is to implement an opioid and overdose prevention and response plan for Windsor-Essex County. This strategy will include local programs, policies, and practices to support community efforts and resources to address opioid-related harms.