Drugs and Alcohol
Between 2007 and 2013, 159 people died of an opioid-related drug overdose in Windsor-Essex. That’s about one death every three weeks. When a person dies from abusing drugs, their death is called an overdose death.
The Health Unit works closely with representatives of the Windsor-Essex Community Drug Strategy (WECCDS) to prevent the problematic use of substances, reduce the harms related to using substances, and promote awareness about treatment options related to problematic use of substances through:
Alcohol is the most common drug used by those living in Windsor-Essex County. When it comes to drinking alcohol, drinking less is always best because alcohol:
- Costs Canadians billions of dollars each year.
- Is related to breast, mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, and colon cancer.
- Is a burden to the health care system.
- Is closely linked with male aggression.
- Is the most common date rape drug.
- Is the cause of fetal alcohol syndrome disorder.
For more information:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Drug Abuse and Addiction
Rethink Your Drinking Campaign
It’s Your Health – Responsible Drinking PDF
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines