Drug Survey
Written by Dr. Victoria Lee, Vice President, Population and Public Health

We are reaching out directly to people who use substances at home to tell us what we need to know to save lives and improve our services.

This week, we announced that we are reaching out directly to people who use substances at home to tell us what we need to know to save lives and improve our services. We have posted a new survey to www.drugsurvey.org to provide people with an opportunity to share how they engage with existing health services in their community, shedding light on how we can offer support and connect them to services they need.

The online survey went live on Tuesday, asking people who use substances in private residences as well as their families, friends and loved ones to share their insights. The survey is anonymous, ensuring the privacy of anyone taking it, and we will use the data collected to help prevent overdose deaths in our region

Topics in the survey include how a person currently accesses supports and services, barriers to accessing supports and services, and understanding how a person’s needs can be supported once they access treatment. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and will be available until June 5, 2018.

Many people who use substances alone often do so because of the stigma associated with substance use, making it challenging to engage with people in this demographic. We will use the data collected to refine existing services and develop new approaches to engage with this group of people.

Since the public health overdose emergency was declared, our goal has been to decrease the number of people impacted from fatal overdoses in our region, improve access and connections to treatment, reduce harms for people using substances and find better approaches to support people when they use substances.

So many lives have been lost due to this crisis. People are risking their lives every day because they do not want to reveal that they use illegal substances. Our hope is that the survey will empower people living with substance use issues to speak up anonymously and share information that could help us understand what we need to do to engage people in our services.

I encourage you to share the website, www.drugsurvey.org, with your networks to help ensure we are reaching as many people as possible.

Read the full news release here. 


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