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Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy

Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy: An Action Plan for Our Communities

The Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy (SMOS) is a large partnership of agencies, organizations and individuals that is working together to address the crisis of opioid use and overdose in our region.

The group released An Action Plan for Our Communities in 2018 and a Status Update in 2019.

Here are some highlights of actions being taken to address opioids in our communities.

 

  • Opened Rapid Access Addiction Medicine clinics with locations in Barrie, Orillia, and Midland with Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) as the lead agency.
  • Increased community counselling resources across the region (Barrie, Orillia, Midland, Collingwood), with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) as lead. 
  • Educational events were held for health care providers in various communities, with 132 health professionals attending the training
  • Resources and educational materials are available on preventOD.ca
  • 7,187 Naloxone kits were distributed by pharmacies and health agencies
  • Partners are actively working towards an application for a Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) in Barrie
  • 5000 harm reduction awareness posters were distributed throughout the community
  • Three new needle exchange sites were created for increased access to safe supplies
  • Developed an ongoing intelligence working group for all enforcement agencies in Simcoe and Muskoka
  • Achieved investigative successes as a result of collaborative intelligence
  • Provided educational opportunities for police across the region regarding the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act and Naloxone administration
  • Created an interagency Simcoe Muskoka Emergency Management Plan for Opioid Overdose Outbreaks
  • Developed SMOS website

 

  • Completion of a Lived Experience (LE) survey
  • Developed a LE advisory network
  • Integrating LE participation on pillars where possible
  • Progress on development of an early warning system
  • Creation of pillar dashboards and SMOS scorecard for evaluation
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