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Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Phase 1 Finalist

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is part of the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy which delivers evidence-informed programs to meet the distinct needs of our communities, including priority populations who face barriers to accessing social and health services. This partnership is dedicated to responding to local substance use and addiction issues by bringing together relevant agencies and coordinating interventions on a community-wide basis.

The Submission

The Opioid-Alert Overdose System is a collaborative project that incorporates the expertise of several organizations that interact with people who use substances. This results in the real-time collection of opioid-related overdoses and incidents which builds a detailed understanding of local patterns. The data collected will also trigger an alert about any abnormal overdose or incident patterns that may be the result of potentially tainted substances, so agencies and users can react accordingly.

The Impact

Gathering local evidence to inform local responses results in a unified and informed response that addresses local needs. Service providers, users and their advocates can respond in a timely and relevant manner to opioid related issues. The proven success of this model can help communities across Canada reduce substance use harms and save more lives.