The Algoma Leadership Table is heading up an initiative to address illicit drugs in Jamestown.
How? They are looking at something that may help to reduce harm in the form of a Health Equity Centre.
As you may already know, opioid and other illicit drug use is a significant public health issue in the city right now as it is among many communities across Canada.
The health harms produced by opioids and other illicit drugs are causing not only addiction but overdose and increase in blood bourne infections like hepatitis C.
Algoma has a higher risk of hepatitis C due to intravenous drug use based on information presented by the Sault Ste. Marie Drug Strategy.
Provincial data visualized by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre says that we may benefit from accessible harm reduction services such as needle exchanges.
On April 23, 2018 city council committed to work with and support the collective efforts of the Algoma Leadership Table, Sault Area Hospitals, Group Health Centre, Algoma Public Health, Sault Ste. Marie Police Services and the Drug Strategy Committee to collectively address the opioid crisis and its consequences.
So the Algoma Leadership Table is currently conducting an assessment of the needs and programing available in the community to determine where resources should be focused.