The Halton Drug Strategy Community Forum held on October 8th was a beginning for the Halton Region to put in place a community-based drug strategy with clear, attainable goals. “The forum brought the right people together to start the process and ensure that Halton’s drug strategy begins with concrete action and is results driven,” said Regional Chair Gary Carr. “The issue of substance use requires a meaningful multi-sector strategy that will best be achieved through collaboration, and driven and carried out by the community and the various expert agencies.” “Today we begin the collaboration,” he said. “We then want to move forward and pass the baton to our community partners to continue this shared approach to creating a community-based and driven strategy.”
Participants of the forum also learned about the programs and services available in Halton and collaborative efforts already taking place. A summary of recent local statistics related to substance use was presented, along with results from the Halton Substance Use Programs and Services Survey. The committee coordinated the community forum to identify priorities for Halton, with a vision that a comprehensive drug strategy will: reduce the stigma and impacts of substance use, limit duplication of services, ensure well-informed community activities, and that the program will be a shared approach. For more information visit:www.halton.ca/drugstrategy.
Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville thanks Halton Region for putting together a forum to develop a comprehensive local strategy with clear attainable goals and a shared vision and purpose to improve the quality of life for many Halton residents. In October of last year, MPP Flynn arranged a meeting with local drug addiction agencies, the Halton Regional Police, Mississauga-Halton Local Integrated Health Network (LHIN) and regional Chair Gary Carr to discuss the benefits of a Halton Drug Strategy. “I thought it would be appropriate to use what I learned as chair of the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions to bring together local agencies, the local LHIN, members of the Halton regional police and community members who are affected by substance abuse to talk about the benefits of having a Halton Drug Strategy,” said Kevin Flynn.