The Crystal Meth Task Force is expanding its mandate to tackle complex health issues surrounding drug and alcohol use to reduce harms associated with substance use in Bruce and Grey Counties. As part of the transition, the Grey Bruce Task Force on Crystal Meth and Other Drugs is changing its name to the Community Drug & Alcohol Strategy.
In Bruce and Grey counties, emergency room visits related to substance use increased by 65% between 2002 and 2015. Alcohol was involved in the majority of the cases, followed by opioid use. Not captured in the healthcare data are other associated social and health conditions that perpetuate the cycle of addiction such as chronic pain, mental health problems, trauma, lack of safe and affordable housing and social isolation.
“Stigma plays a big part in preventing people from getting the support they need, both at the individual level and at the policy level. As a community, we need to be aware that substance misuse is a complex health issue, not a moral one,” says David Roy, Co-Chair of the Community Drug & Alcohol Strategy and Program Director of Addiction Services at HopeGreyBruce.