In September 2016, a Municipal Drug Strategy (MDS) was initiated in our community. In an effort to provide the public with information on the progress of this group and to foster community participation, updates on the local MDS will be posted to the Town of Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands webpages. Check back regularly for progress reports and to learn about how you can get involved!
What is a Municipal Drug Strategy (MDS)?
An MDS is a grass-root, multi-sectoral approach for addressing substance misuse in our community. A four pillar approach of prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and enforcement guide the work to reduce harms associated with drugs, including but not limited to alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, and street drugs.
More on the efforts of our local MDS group
Over the past year, multiple community partners and local residents joined and actively contributed to the MDS. There is representation from community schools, municipalities, social and health care services, enforcement and emergency services. As a group, we have prioritized both the upcoming legalization of cannabis and the opioid crisis.
To date, the local MDS has supported public education on the opioid crisis at both the Town of Gananoque Public Information Night and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands (TLTI) Facebook Live Event. Many of our agencies have also been trained and are equipping their agency and staff with naloxone. Members of the MDS are gathering best practice health and safety information on cannabis and are developing plans to disseminate this information to the public.
If you are interested in learning more about the local MDS, or in getting involved, please contact two of our members:
Sergeant Scott Gee, Gananoque Police Service.
613-382-4422 or 613-382-4509
Kathryn Allwright, Registered Nurse at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit.
613-382-2110 ext. 2261