NWHU survey asking public for thoughts on supervised consumption services in the region
Tim Brody - Editor
The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) will be using a survey to ask members of the public what they think about supervised consumption services in the region.
NWHU shared in a July 21 media release, “Supervised consumption services/sites are legally sanctioned spaces where people are allowed to use pre-obtained illegal drugs in a clean, safe, and supportive environment. No illegal drugs can be acquired on site. The sites aim to reduce overdose related injuries and death and can help to reduce public drug use, improperly discarded needles, and minimize the risks related to sharing or reusing drug-use equipment. Supervised consumption services also increase access to healthcare and supportive services for people who use drugs.”
NWHU is leading a feasibility study to assess the need for, and suitability of, these services in Kenora, Dryden, Fort Frances, and Sioux Lookout. “LBCG Consulting for Impact has been hired to complete this project, bringing with them a team of harm reduction and public health experts who are helping guide this work,” NWHU explained.
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kit Young Hoon stated in the media release, “before moving forward, we are interested in learning what our communities’ perspectives are on supervised consumption services. This includes questions about whether the services would be useful, and what additional considerations need to be discussed locally regarding these services”.
People will be able to fill out the online survey up to August 12.
For more information and to access the survey, people can visit the NWHU website https://www2.nwhu.on.ca/our-services/harm-reduction/supervised-consumption-services-feasibility-study/.