Simcoe County recently launched the website www.preventOD.ca under the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy (SMOS) and in response to the opioid crisis that has seen deaths double since 2008.
The number of people visiting the emergency room went from 121 in 2008 to 346 in 2017, while opioid overdose-related deaths have gone from 19 to 36 within the same period.
The new website will provide information and resources to people struggling with addiction, their family and friends. Primary care practitioners, emergency room managers and anyone else who would like information on dealing with or prevent an opioid crisis can also access the site.
Jane Sinclair, General Manager, Health and Emergency Services at the County stated: “together, with area partners, we are building a local strategy and are hopeful that this new website and anonymous reporting tool will support with greater safety and awareness in our communities.”
Topics covered include safe opioid use, area harm reduction services, local treatment and support services. Health care professionals can also access tools for treating addictions and managing any related physical pain.
Locals can also anonymously report illegal drug participation by dealers, users and manufacturers via the “Report Bad Drugs” online form. The information will not be forwarded to local law enforcement and simply used to help inform support providers of any bad drugs circulating in the community.