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Oxford County Drug Strategy Steering Committee

The Steering Committee held its first meeting on March 6, 2018, which was attended by members from 10 community agencies and three community members with lived experience.  The meeting was facilitated by DPRA. The Steering Committee shared their initial feedback on a draft set of actions developed by DPRA for the drug strategy.

Members of the Committee:

Randy Peltz – Oxford County Community Health Centre
Brian Lester - HIV AIDS Connection
Linda Sibley - Addiction Services Thames Valley
Sandy Jansen - CEO Tillsonburg/Ingersoll Hospitals
Sue Tobin - NP Ingersoll Led Clinic
Pat Baigent - Canadian Mental Health Association
Liz Urbantke - Emergency Physician Woodstock, Hospital/Coroner
Bill Renton - Woodstock Police Service
Tony Hymers – Ontario Provincial Police
Mary Van Den Neucker - Oxford County Public Health
Peter Heywood - Oxford County Public Health
Shannon Byrnes - Community Member
Aaron Smith - Community Member
Patrick McMahon - Community Member

Community Consultations

DPRA will be conducting a series of community consultations in Oxford County in May. The purpose of the community consultation is to engage with diverse community members to inform the development of the Oxford County Drug Strategy, which will include an Action Plan, an Opioid Overdose Response Plan and an Implementation Plan. This will involve interviews and focus groups with community stakeholders, including people with lived experience, people representing the health system, community agencies and community network tables/working groups.

Opioid situational assessment underway

Public Health’s situational assessment of the accessibility and delivery of opioid-related services in Oxford County is currently underway. The project aims to assess the gaps in opioid-related services and the barriers and facilitators to delivering and accessing these services. Data collection began in February and is expected to continue throughout April.  Social network mapping and focus group components of the study were completed in March. April’s activities will include developing a service inventory and conducting interviews with people with lived experience. Data analysis is ongoing and preliminary findings will be shared with select participants who have consented to providing feedback.

Public Health will post the final report on our website; due to a brief delay at the start of the project, the report is now expected in late May. The findings from this assessment will inform the opioid-related activities of the broader drug strategy for Oxford County.

Health Quality Ontario – Opioid Use Disorder (Opioid Addiction)

Health Quality Ontario released the Opioid Use Disorder (Opioid Addiction) – Care for People 16 Years of Age and Older Standard in March (2018).

Six documents associated with the Opioid Use Disorder Quality Standard are available for download from Health Quality Ontario at:

Two additional standards relating to opioid use disorder are also available for download:

Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain

Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain

Expanded access to naloxone

Six staff members representing four community agencies attended a Train-the-Trainer session on February 8, 2018 at Oxford County Public Health for agencies that are eligible to distribute Naloxone to the people that they serve that are at risk of an opioid overdose. Oxford County Public Health and the Woodstock Police Service are working together to create an agreement to allow police officers to carry Naloxone to help during an opioid overdose emergency.

Pharmacies will soon have Take Home Naloxone kits with nasal spray instead of injectable Naloxone. The training and kits are free with a health card from a participating pharmacy.

People at risk of an opioid overdose or a friend or family member of someone at risk of an opioid overdose can receive a kit and training on how to respond to an overdose emergency from any of the Naloxone kit distributors.

Find out where to get a free Naloxone kit near you

Opioid Monitoring Bulletin now available

Public Health will now be issuing the surveillance report on the second Tuesday of every month, unless an alert needs to be issued when the level is raised. These bulletins share local opioid overdose information on a regular and timely basis with key stakeholders.

An interactive dashboard is being developed to provide individuals with the option to cutomize the information to their needs.

Opioid monitoring bulletins

April 9, 2018

March 26, 2018

March 12, 2018

February 26, 2018

February 12, 2018

January 29, 2018

January 15, 2018

January 2, 2018

December 18, 2017

December 4, 2017

November 20, 2017

November 6, 2017

South West Self-Management Program is looking for volunteers

The South West Self-Management Program of the SWLHIN is looking to recruit 1-2 volunteers in Oxford County that could be trained to lead the evidenced-based Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop from Stanford University. The program provides a coordinated approach with caregivers and health care providers to support people living with chronic conditions including chronic pain.

Volunteers can be either people living with chronic pain or a health service provider, who would be comfortable leading and facilitating a group of up to 15 people and travel within Oxford County. The workshop is 2.5 hours long each week and runs for 6 weeks. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Sally Boyle at by
April 24, 2018.

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