Work on the application for a possible supervised consumption site (SCS) in the city of Barrie continues, and the organizing forces behind it want your take on some proposed locations.
The SCS Selection Advisory Committee has identified three new potential sites and is asking for community feedback on them before moving forward. The proposed SCS locations are 11 Sophia Street W., 80 Bradford St. Unit 940, and 192 Bradford St. Residents can fill out an online survey through the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website to weigh in on these locations.
The survey is voluntary, anonymous, and is part of the public consultation process required for an SCS in the city. Virtual neighbourhood consultations will be offered for those who live, work, or own a business near the proposed locations as of April.
Between January and mid-September 2020, there were 94 confirmed and probable opioid-related deaths in Simcoe-Muskoka, 47 of which in the City of Barrie alone. The City’s rate was twice as high in 2020, compared to those deaths recorded in 2017 to 2019. “Opioid use, addiction, and overdose continue to be an urgent and complex problem in Barrie and the application for an SCS remains a high priority for our two organizations,” said Dr. Lisa Simon, Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, which will be the co-applicant for the SCS along with the Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe Branch, as the lead applicant.
Visit the health unit’s website for more information on the SCS application history.