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Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy

Oct. 18, 2018: Barrie Police have reported that a dangerous strain of suspected Heroin and/or Cocaine has surfaced within the community. The substance is believed to have a purple colouring and is suspected to have been consumed in a recent sudden death and overdose.

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About Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy​

The Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy (SMOS) is a multi-sector collaboration formed to address the opioid crisis in Simcoe and Muskoka, and the harms it is causing to individuals, families and communities. SMOS is doing so by means of a comprehensive region-wide strategy, organized by the following pillars: Prevention, Treatment, Harm Reduction, Enforcement, Emergency Management, Data & Evaluation, and Lived Experience. Through this strategy, SMOS aims to address opioid-related harms in our region, including opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose. ​​​



The steering committee members of the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy (SMOS) are pleased to release the report, An Action Plan for Our Communities. The SMOS steering committee created this report with the goal of providing a common understanding of the opioid crisis in our region, and the collaborative response that has been developed. It outlines a comprehensive plan underway to move forward together, in order to address this complex issue. 
The Executive Summary of the SMOS Final Report provides a brief overview of the full report.
The SMOS Lived Experience Survey was led by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and the David Busby Street Centre, with contributions from the Steering Committee of SMOS. The purpose of the survey was to engage those with lived experience of opioid use for their perspectives on community needs, to help inform the work plans of SMOS.
For more detailed information about the work of individual Action or Foundational Pillars, please contact the Pillar Leads directly.