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- Only Two Weeks Left for People to Give Input on New Drug Strategy to Tackle Substance Use in Area -

Don’t delay, have your say!

Local residents have less than two weeks to give their ideas and input on how to tackle and reduce the harm associated with drug and alcohol use in the area. Until May 15, 2017, people can complete a short, anonymous survey online that looks at substance use in Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The survey asks people their input on harms associated with drug and alcohol use in the community, and what the priorities should be to help address those issues. To date, nearly 400 survey responses have been received – and survey organizers are hopeful for even more public feedback before the May 15 deadline.

“If you haven’t done so already, take a few minutes and complete the online survey,” says Charles Shamess, the new Drug Strategy Coordinator for the area. “Public input is crucial to create an effective, coordinated drug strategy for our region that leads to a safer, healthier community for everyone.”

The survey is the first step in the development of a new regional drug strategy for Haliburton, Northumberland and Kawartha Lakes. Shamess compares the regional drug strategy to a“blueprint” that can help reduce harms associated with alcohol, drugs and the misuse of prescription medications.

The local drug strategy will focus on four main areas: drug use prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and justice/enforcement. Nearly 50 organizations are involved in the drug strategy, including police services, fire departments, EMS personnel, Health Unit staff, PARN, treatment services, pharmacists, Family Health Teams, youth and social service agencies, mental health groups, and other non-profit groups.

For media inquiries, contact:

Charles Shamess, Coordinator, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Regional Drug Strategy, (705) 875-8728.

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