Using a 4 pillar approach (Harm Reduction; Prevention & Education; Treatment; Justice & Enforcement), the purpose of the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) Drug Strategy is to facilitate a collaborative, evidence-based approach to minimizing the risks and harms associated with substance use in Haliburton County, City of Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland County. We take account of all substances, including alcohol, cannabis, and prescription and street drugs. Having a local drug strategy will help to ensure coordination of efforts and consistency of approaches used, will improve communication between and opportunities for involvement from multiple stakeholders over a wide geography, and enable the region to better respond to evolving substance use trends and harms together as a community.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded the HKPR Drug Strategy a grant for three years that started in July 2016 and will end in December 2019 (although we expect the strategy to last much longer than the life of this funding). Four partners came together to submit the application on behalf of the HKPR Drug Strategy: the HKPR District Health Unit, Kawartha Lakes Police Services, FourCAST, and PARN. Peterborough City and County have their own drug strategy, and we work closely with them given the overlap in agencies that serve across the four counties.