Opioid meeting in Owen Sound
Anyone concerned about the rising opioid crisis is being invited to the first of a series of meetings tonight in Owen Sound.
Emergency Room visits continue to increase at hospitals across Grey Bruce with 64 recorded for the first six months of 2019 alone.
There were also 18 fatal overdoses recorded in the region in 2017/2018.
The series of town hall meetings begin tonight, Tuesday, October 1 at Owen Sound City Hall in the council chambers from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
They're being organized by The Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy.
They plan to have a number of professionals in attendance to answer a wide array of questions regarding opioid addiction.
Police will be able to speak about issues such as the Good Samaritan Act.
Paramedics will talk about their role in responding to overdoses.
Mental health and addictions experts will talk about resources while public health officials will address harm reduction and the adminstration of naloxone which stops the effects of an overdose.
After tonight the town hall meetings are scheduled for the following dates and locations -
Oct. 8 - John Diefenbaker Senior School in Hanover
Oct. 22 - Peninsula Shores District School in Wiarton
Oct. 29 - Northport Elementary School in Port Elgin.
They will all run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.