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Board Meeting Notes April 17, 2013

May 02, 2013
Prescription drug abuse a growing public health issue Health unit celebrates Food and Agriculture Charter

Prescription drug abuse a growing public health issue

The misuse of opioids – addictive painkillers such as morphine, codeine and oxycodone – is on a dangerous upward trend, Janice Greco, manager of injury and substance misuse prevention at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, says. Canada ranks first in the world in use of prescription opioids. Ontarians use prescription oxycodone (OxyNeo, which has replaced OxyContin) at a rate two to four times higher than any other province. Deaths connected with opioid use have risen 41 per cent in the last decade. Greco told the board of health last week that some health officials feel Ontario is facing a public health crisis.

Locally, hospitalization and mortality from oxycodone misuse are above the provincial average. The health unit has been responding in a variety of ways. It is a member of several partnerships working on prevention projects. A project to aid safe disposal of unused prescription drugs is in the works with local police. A guest speaker will address provincial guidelines for prescribing opioids to local doctors. For those using drugs who require clean supplies to prevent the transmission of blood-borne infections, the health unit coordinates a harm reduction program. The health unit is considering implementing a Naloxone distribution program in 2014. Naloxone is used to prevent overdoses from opioids.

Health unit celebrates Food and Agriculture Charter

Joyce Fox, right, the director of healthy living, unveiled a plaque declaring the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s endorsement of the Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter at the recent board of health meeting. The Charter is seen as a means of reducing the risk of diet-related chronic diseases by encouraging actions that increase access to healthy foods and create environments that support healthy eating. County warden Cal Patterson, who chaired the Charter steering committee, noted that the health unit’s input in creating the Charter was invaluable. From left, Patterson, board vice chair Scott Warnock, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner, board chair Barry Ward, Jane Shrestha, RD, public health nutritionist, Joyce Fox.

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