In recent months, Fentanyl has come into the spotlight as one of the deadliest drugs on Canadian streets, leading to an astounding rise in overdoses right across the country.
Now, a number of community agencies are coming together to develop a strategy to deal with the local drug problem. Steve Guthrie has the details.
The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit, Kawartha Lakes Police, Peterborough Aids Resource Network and Fourcast Addiction Services successfully applied for a 285 thousand dollar Trillium Grant to pay for the development of the strategy. The group came together in coordinated effort to reduce the harm associated with drug use.
Sgt. Terry Cox, City of Kawartha Lakes Police
“And it just seems like total, logical sense, for everyone to be involved together and have it coordinated as a group instead of each individual partner individually”
An area of great concern for all partners is the increase in the illegal use OF the painkiller Fentanyl. Earlier this year, Pharmacist Cathy Puffer developed a ‘Patch for Patch’ system for people prescribed Fentanyl, to control the illicit use of the drug
Cathy Puffer, Pharmacist Remedy RX on Kent
“If you are on Fentanyl for chronic pain, you have to return your patches to the pharmacy to get your prescription re-filled and that is simply because there is some drug left in the patch after you have finished with them. We want to make sure it’s disposed of properly not in the garbage or the subject of theft”
While the community partners will all contribute to developing the drug strategy, coordinator Charles Shamess says everyone can contribute.
Charles Shamess, Regional Drug Strategy Coordinator
“We’ll be speaking with families, with youth, with post-secondary and secondary, with people with lived experience, and then the broader public, about what they think are the priorities for the region”
Shamess says as the project rolls out, information on how to get involved will be released.
Steve Guthrie CHEX Newswatch City of Kawartha Lakes”