Opioid Problem In Grey-Bruce Needs To Be Addressed

Ontario is in the middle of an opioid crisis, and recognizing issues in Midwestern Ontario could go a long way towards solving the problem across the province.

That was the message from a small delegation at Brockton council Monday, who said getting passed the stigma associated with opioid use is linked directly to increasing awareness, which they feel municipal-level councillors can help them do that.

Grey Bruce Health Unit Program Director Lynda Bumstead and HopeGreyBruce member Dave Roy discussed what’s currently available in Grey and Bruce counties, and hoped that councillors would take their message out to the community.

According to Bumstead, one person dies every ten hours in Ontario from an opioid overdose.

In Grey-Bruce, opioid-related hospital visits have tripled since 2003.  Grey-Bruce has a high rate of hospitalizations when compared to other counties across Ontario.

Bumstead’s portion of the presentation discussed how the most commonly used opioids are prescription drugs, and urged support, compassion, and understanding when it comes to helping those abusing opioids.

Roy says they plan to present to Bruce and Grey County councils shortly, where they feel there is an opportunity to provide a positive change in tackling the opioid crisis, including possible funding for programs and services.