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Barrie Police Partner with OPP and Local Health Unit - Battling Opioids Crisis Together

Barrie Police Partner with OPP and  Local Health Unit - Battling Opioids Crisis Together
December 1st, 2017 - Police & the Community

(ORILLIA, ON) – Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments across Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka along with the Barrie, South Simcoe and Midland Police Services have partnered with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) to combat the growing opioid related issue that is encompassing the area.

Recent deaths in the City of Orillia prompted a roundtable working group that included first responders, representatives from the SMDHU, primary care providers and other community based stakeholders. The partners in the round table identified a need to develop immediate education on the opioid-related overdose issue affecting the area. An already successful poster campaign from the health unit is now being expanded in response to this identified need.

From November 24, 2017- January 2, 2018, police services across Ontario will be participating in the annual Festive R.I.D.E. Program which sees police officers stopping tens of thousands of motor vehicles in spot checks checking drivers for drug and alcohol impairment.

Locally during the R.I.D.E. campaign, police services that work within the Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka will be distributing thousands of cards that contain valuable information on:

  • recognizing the signs of an overdose,
  • the types of drugs that are amongst those referred to as opioids,
  • what to do in the event you encounter someone who may be having a suspected opioid related overdose,
  • what Naloxone can do in the event of a suspected opioid overdose and
  • important phone numbers and websites that will provide additional resources and information.

The opioid crisis requires a community-wide response, and through Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy we are developing more tools for prevention, harm reduction, treatment and data collection, in a concerted effort to prevent overdoses and deaths. We’re pleased that the police are able to use SMDHU material to further raise awareness.” – Doctor Lisa Simon, Associate Medical Officer of Health with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and co-chair of the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy.

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Sergeant Peter Leon
OPP Central Region Media Relations Coordinator
Phone: (705) 330-3713

Constable Sarah Bamford
Barrie Police Corporate Communications - Media Officer
Phone: (705) 627-3162