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4.4.1

Work with the Crime Prevention Council to develop an Integrated Drugs Strategy.

greenstatusFinal update (September 2014)
The Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy (WRIDS) aims to prevent, reduce and/or eliminate problematic use of alcohol, prescription medication, and illicit substances. The Strategy was developed by a 26-member Task Force who met over 2.5 years and brought forth 99 recommendations to make Waterloo region safer and healthier.  Several recommendations are being implemented, including research and education recommendations.

Several community forums related to the four pillars of the WRIDS (Prevention, Harm Reduction, Enforcement & Justice, Recovery & Rehabilitation) have taken place in order to disseminate the strategy as well as engage relevant stakeholders in the implementation process. Each pillar is led by a Coordinating Committee dedicated to implementing the recommendations relevant to each focus area.

The WRIDS Implementation Steering Committee has been established to oversee the entire implementation strategy, including the four Coordinating Committees, of which two have been established (Harm Reduction and Prevention). The Harm Reduction Coordinating Committee is comprised of numerous stakeholders including members with lived experience with substance use and the committee is finalizing its priority recommendations. The Prevention Coordinating Committee is in the process of building committee membership and will prioritize its recommendations in the near future.

Progress Update (September 2013)

The Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy (WRIDS) aims to prevent, reduce and/or eliminate problematic use of alcohol, prescription medication, and illicit substances. The WRIDS provides a roadmap of where the Waterloo Region community wants to go, and how we plan to get there.The Strategy was developed by a 26-member Task Force who met over 2.5 years and brought forth 99 recommendations to make Waterloo region safer and healthier. The Strategy was approved in principle by the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council in December 2011.

Several recommendations are being implemented, including research and education recommendations. For example, research was conducted to determine the barriers to calling 9-11 in an overdose situation. As a result of the research, a working group has been established to determine the best course of action in the Waterloo Region to prevent accidental overdoses.

Several community forums related to the four pillars of the WRIDS (Prevention, Harm Reduction, Enforcement & Justice, Recovery & Rehabilitation) have taken place in order to disseminate the strategy as well as to engage relevant stakeholders in the implementation process. Each pillar is lead by a Coordinating Committee dedicated to implementing the recommendations relevant to each focus area.

The WRIDS Implementation Steering Committee has been established and oversees the entire implementation strategy, including the four Coordinating Committees, of which two are established (Harm Reduction and Prevention). The Harm Reduction Coordinating Committee is comprised of numerous stakeholders including members with lived experience with substance use and the committee is finalizing its priority recommendations. The Prevention Coordinating Committee is in the process of building committee membership and will prioritize its recommendations in the near future. The Recovery & Rehabilitation and the Enforcement & Justice Coordinating Committees will be established by the end of 2013.

Progress Update (January 2013)

The Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy (WRIDS) aims to prevent, reduce and/or eliminate problematic use of alcohol, prescription medication, and illicit substances. The WRIDS provides a roadmap of where the community wants to go and how we plan to get there.

The strategy was developed by a 26-member task force who met over two and a half years and brought forth 99 recommendations to make Waterloo Region safer and healthier.  The strategy was approved in principle by the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC) in December 2011.

Several recommendations are being implemented including research and education recommendations.  Presentations about the strategy that aim to engage the local community are on-going.  Efforts are underway at both WRCPC and Waterloo Region Public Health to provide structure and resources for implementation, including the establishment of a formal Implementation Steering Committee by WRCPC.

The success of the strategy depends on the involvement of citizens, service providers, funders and government to dedicate time and resources towards implementing recommendations that are informed by good science and the collective wisdom of the community.

Progress Indicators

  • Strategy is developed and released by end of 2011
  • Implementation efforts based on recommendations will start in 2012

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)