Discussions

The Peterborough Drug Strategy has just published a Discussion Document, outlining everything we know about substance use in the city and county of Peterborough.  

Substance use is just one aspect of an individual’s life. Successful strategies to reduce the harms from substance use must address the range of conditions that affect physical, emotional, and spiritual health including social inclusion, safe environments, adequate income, education, appropriate shelter and housing, access to health care, safe and nutritious food, peace, equity, and social justice.

The societal cost of substance use in Peterborough County is estimated at almost $84 million. The majority (84%) are the indirect costs of lost productivity. Seven percent are direct health care costs, and 9% are other direct costs (almost all devoted to law enforcement). In the coming years, the Peterborough Drug Strategy will make the wise investment of resources to develop and implement a comprehensive, collaborative strategy (including prevention, harm reduction, enforcement and treatment) to reduce the harms from substance use in Peterborough City and County.

To begin, we are inviting the Peterborough community to talk about substance use in ways that foster respect, dignity, and hope for those who use substances.  It is our aim that this document can provide a platform for this kind of discussion.

Read the document here

 
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The Peterborough Drug Strategy is a collaboration amongst citizens, prevention, treatment, enforcement, and harm reduction agencies, to reduce the negative impacts of substance use.  

Over the next year we will be looking for input from individuals in Peterborough City and County about alcohol and other drug use and how this impacts our communities.  Join the conversation, watch a film, check out the events.

 
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