Since early 2017, a crisis related to opioid overdoses has been sweeping across Canada. The Simcoe Muskoka region has not been immune to this crisis. Addiction to opioids, and especially the increasing use of fentanyl, is an urgent public health situation in our communities. This website has been designed to help people who use drugs, their family and friends, and others who want to know more about what they can do to prevent this crisis from worsening.
The Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy (SMOS) A Report on Actions (2018-2021) reviews the goals and actions completed as part of the three-year action plan. Originally the action plan was developed with all activities wrapping up in 2020, however in March of that year a global pandemic was declared. It was soon recognized that the pandemic greatly impacted people who use drugs locally, provincially and nationally. Due to this, SMOS activities continued into 2021.
For more information on the report, including highlights from the seven pillars, the SMOS scorecard and pillar dashboards, please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - Opioid Strategy webpage.
Learn about the Simcoe Muskoka regional response strategy to the opioid crisis
Locate naloxone, needle exchange distribution sites & harm reduction resources
Anonymously help others be aware of bad reactions to street drugs
Learn about opioids & the dangers & risks of using them
Resources for parents, educators & anyone interested in preventing addiction
Treatment & support services for those living with opioid addiction
Resources & tools for professional emergency managers & responders
Regional, provincial & national statistics about opioid use
Tools for practitioners to aid in the treatment & management of pain & addictions