Folks in Barrie are invited to weigh in on two proposed supervised consumption site (SCS) locations through an online survey now available.
The sites in question are 110 Dunlop St. West (Units 3 & 4) and 31 Toronto St. (in a site at the rear of the property), deemed the most viable locations by a site selection advisory committee. The survey aims to gather the opinions of people who live, work, do business, or go to school in Barrie.
Between January and May 2020, there were 44 confirmed and probable opioid-related deaths in Simcoe Muskoka, which is 50 percent higher than the average for the previous three years. Additionally, 19 of these deaths happened within Barrie, which only accounts for a quarter of the region’s overall population. “The opioid crisis has not abated during COVID-19,” said Dr. Lisa Simon, Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU). “It has continued to be a tragic problem in our region and particularly in Barrie, which has been disproportionally impacted by a recent increase in opioid-related deaths.” The SMDHU is the co-applicant for the SCS along with the Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe Branch, as the lead applicant.
The survey is voluntary and anonymous. It is one facet of public consultation being conducted in relation to supervised consumption sites. The survey is open from October 7 to October 30.