Municipal Drug Strategy (External)
The Substance Abuse Working Group was formed as part of the original organization of the LCPC. That Working Group did meet several times and had some success. In the fall of 2009, the LCPC had a delegation of some concerned community members about drug and alcohol misuse, and it was agreed that we would participate in a new partnership that includes agencies, municipalities and the public. A Municipal Drug Strategy Committee was formed, and although not technically a working group of the LCPC, the work being done by this committee is taking the place of the SAWG.
- meets the 4th Thursday of the month, 1:30pm at the Beckwith Township office
- works on a four pillar approach – prevention, enforcement, treatment and harm reduction
- membership includes the Health Unit, Family and Children’s Services, Lanark County Planning Council for Children, Youth and Families, Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, TriCounty Addiction Services, North Lanark Community Health Centre, Smiths Falls Community Health Centre, Interval House, Police Services, Youth Centres and members from the local Municipal Drug Strategy Committees
- meets to organize four network meetings per year as a forum to educate; to help establish and support local committees; to inform and share best practices between service providers, local committee representatives and other relevant stakeholders regarding the four pillars-prevention, enforcement, treatment, harm reduction; to manage any grants or funds available; to plan for sustainability of local committees
- See the MINUTES here