The Oxford County Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy is the product of extensive consultation and reflects the contributions and input of a wide range of community stakeholders who brought their insights and expertise to bear on the issue of substance use-related harms.
Collaborating to address, reduce, and eliminate substance use-related harms in Oxford County.
The Oxford County Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy Steering Committee remains committed to local ownership and working with community members and funders and the government to move this plan into action. Together we will build a safer and healthier community.
Oxford County is experiencing the impact of opioid and other substance misuse that has already negatively affected many communities in Canada.
The initial catalyst for developing the strategy was the formation of the Oxford County Community Alcohol and Drug Strategy Steering Committee (‘Steering Committee’). Composed of members from leading agencies and community members with lived experience in the area of problematic substance use, the Steering Committee provided direction and key insights throughout the development process. This process entailed a two-pronged approach: (1) Conducting an Evidence Review and (2) Facilitating Community Consultation.
CORE THEMES EMERGING FROM COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS
- Addressing stigma;
- Investing in upstream approaches;
- Ensuring adequate housing;
- Reducing transportation barriers and increasing outreach initiatives;
- Building local infrastructure and resources for problematic substance use;
- Enhancing education and awareness;
- Supporting and engaging families; and
- Focusing on children and youth.
A community working together to help prevent and reduce problematic substance use and problematic substance-use related harms within the community.
To provide an action plan highlighting priority areas and clear pathways to achieving all community-based recommended actions.
The prevention pillar includes prevention processes, numerous strategies, and interventions that attempt to prevent or delay the onset and harms associated with problematic substance use.
The treatment pillar includes supporting individuals who use substances in innovative ways to make healthy choices, support recovery, and move toward decreasing and/or stopping using substances.
The harm reduction pillar includes strengthening measures that reduce and eliminate the negative impacts and harms of problematic substance use on individuals, families, and communities.
The justice and community safety pillar includes ways to strengthen the ability of law enforcement and other actors in the criminal justice system to uphold public safety and reduce substance-related harms.