Current Projects

Mid-Year Report

  • Learn about some of the projects the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy¬†was involved in from January-June 2018 here:¬†mid year report

 

Overdose Prevention and First-Aid Training

  • Designed to increase knowledge and awareness about opioids, overdose and naloxone and the crucial lifesaving role that naloxone plays for anyone experiencing opioid poisoning.
  • Naloxone training and kits are provided at each session, increasing the availability of naloxone in organizations throughout Guelph/Wellington.

 

Safe Consumption Practices Needs Assessment

  • Conducted in partnership with the WGDS, WDGPH, ARCH Guelph and Sanguen Health to learn more about harm reduction needs of people who use IV drugs and to help guide community organizations to meet the needs of active substance users.
  • Project findings will be used it to support safe consumption practices and to develop accurate information pathways for alerting the community of the risk of opioid poisoning from street sourced drugs.

 

Education and Support for County Prescribers (MDs and NPs)

  • Working with prescribers to increase their knowledge/expertise with respect to prescribing opioids in accordance to the new Ministry of Health guidelines.
  • Intended to educate prescribers about Opioid Substitution Therapies and patient-centered methods for non-opioid pain treatment processes

 

Youth Cannabis Project

  • Designed to provide youth with evidence-based information to make informed choices about cannabis use
  • Key messages about risk and protective factors for youth cannabis use were tested with local youth and these messages are being incorporated into short videos for youth to distribute via social media

 

Year of the Peer Project

  • Designed to support community partners to learn how to successfully integrate peer workers into substance use/addiction programming, how to best support peer workers, and to illustrate the key role that peer workers can have for people who struggle with addiction
  • Evidence will be shared with WGDS partner organizations to enable peer worker integration into more projects/programs

 

Non-Hospital Crisis Stabilization Project

  • Multidisciplinary collaboration with community organizations to secure funded, permanent non-hospital crisis stabilization services for the residents of Guelph/Wellington.

 

Stop the Stigma Rally

  • WGDS hosts an annual rally to raise awareness of the stigma surrounding substance use/addiction and the impact on health inequities.