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Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy


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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Emergency Management

These resources offer professional emergency managers and responders, tools with which to begin to craft local emergency response plans for opioid overdose outbreaks. The Simcoe Muskoka Emergency Management Plan for Opioid Overdose Outbreaks is now available.

The Simcoe Muskoka Emergency Management Plan for Opioid Overdose Outbreaks enables centralized controlled and coordinated efforts by the County of Simcoe (County), District of Muskoka (District), North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN), Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and other stakeholders to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from regional emergencies related to outbreaks of overdoses related primarily to opioid drugs.​
In response to the national opioid crisis, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health consulted a range of stakeholders, including federal and provincial government representatives, health care professionals, addiction experts, emergency frontline responders, representatives of First Nations communities and individuals with lived experience in substance abuse and addiction. These witnesses outlined specific ways to address this opioid crisis and implored the Committee to make recommendations that would lead to concrete action. Through their stories, the Committee also heard first-hand the extent and depth of suffering of those most directly affected by the opioid crisis. This is the report of those consultations. 
In response to the opioid crisis in Their community, the Surrey Fire Department has developed a tool to track the geographical locations of opioid overdoses in real-time. ​
This federal legislation amended the Controlled Drug & Substances Act to more clearly define an overdose and to exempt from possession of substance charges persons who seek emergency medical or law enforcement assistance for someone experiencing an overdose. 

The status and trends of the illicit drug trade, which includes Fentanyl, Fentanyl analogues and other potent synthetic opioids and analgesics in Canada are ever evolving. The intention of this site is to provide first responders with accurate safety information related to situations where opioids may be involved.

Resources and guidelines for protecting emergency responders and other workers at risk of exposure to fentanyl. 

Recommendations to address the current opioid use disorder crisis in North America. 

This well-researched publication explores the underlying social factors that play a role in the current public health aspects of the opioid crisis.

A report from the Department of Justice Canada summarizing discussions with people who work in the criminal justice system and interested parties across Canada since May 2016. Participants included Crown prosecutors, defence lawyers, academics, victim advocates, restorative justice proponents, representatives of front-line community support systems, and importantly, representatives from areas such as health and mental health, housing, and other social support systems.
A guide for Police agencies to aid in the identification of drugs. 

OPP: Ab​​​​out Opioids
The Ontario Provincial Police resources about opioids.