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KEVIN FLYNN WORKS WITH HALTON STAKEHOLDERS ON A HALTON DRUG STRATEGY
October 29, 2012
OAKVILLE – Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville, recently arranged a roundtable with local drug addiction agencies, the Halton Regional Police, Mississauga-Halton Local Integrated Health Network (LHIN) and Regional Chair Gary Carr to discuss a Halton Drug Strategy.
“As chair of the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions it became apparent that we need to make much better use of resources that we have,” said Flynn. “I thought it would be appropriate to use what I learned there to bring together local agencies, the local LHIN, members of the Halton regional police, Chair Carr and community members who are affected by substance abuse to talk about the benefits of having a Halton Drug Strategy,” said Kevin Flynn.
On October 17th, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Expert Working Group on Narcotic Addiction released a report for the Ontario government on strengthening addiction services and treatment. The report advised that local strategies should be created which include information sharing across diverse service providers and reflect partnership with local public health units.
Flynn noted that it was Oakville resident Bill Robinson who brought forward information that recounted the successful regional drug strategies in Waterloo and Guelph. “Unfortunately, I hear too many stories from people like Bill, who tragically lost his son to an OxyContin overdose and has become an advocate for those who are affected by substance abuse” said Flynn.
“A comprehensive plan to reduce the impacts of substance use is needed to reduce fragmentation, limit duplication of services and ensure well informed community activities. Over the past several years, eighteen regions in Ontario have developed or are in the process of developing a regional strategy by bringing together various agencies, community services and concerned citizens,” stated Bill Robinson
Michael Parkinson from Waterloo Region and Raechelle Devereaux from Guelph shared their experiences with creating regional strategies.
“The community agencies agreed that having a local strategy here in Halton would be a positive step. Chair Carr had some very encouraging remarks and I believe we’ll see some action to create a Halton Drug Strategy very soon,” remarked Kevin Flynn.
For more information contact:
Ellen Kuschnik, Constituency Assistant,
Kevin Flynn, MPP
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