Community forums and events: Participated in Drug Awareness Day events hosted by Fraser Valley Positive Living and SARA. Hosted information booths at Farmers Market, which included distributing Take Home Naloxone kits. Supported Abbotsford Police Department’s “Positive Choice Campaign, including the Crime is Toast Breakfast, and participated in their parent’s forum.
Business outreach: Outreach to Abbotsford businesses to inform them on how they can help with overdose prevention, needle recovery, and engaging with individuals on the street through work with businesses and business improvement associations.
Fentanyl working group: Led by the Abbotsford Police Department, Fraser Health is one of a number of participants that work together to do an environmental scan of the community, as well as build connectivity, coordination, accountability, and sustainability for shared outcomes. Other participants include the City of Abbotsford, Abbotsford Fire Rescue, the school district, BC Ambulance Services and community organizations.
Education and Training
Naloxone training: Designed and delivered Naloxone training to community agencies and others in response to requests. Naloxone training is available through Abbotsford Public Health Unit, Abbotsford Community Services, Riverside Shelter (Lookout Emergency Aid Society), Positive Living Fraser Valley and The Warm Zone (SARA for Women).
Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) Training: Fraser Health has provided training for MCFD staff in Fraser East communities who have youth clients and families who are at risk of overdose.
Peer engagement for naloxone distribution: A bi-weekly drop-in engagement group provides youth and young adults who may not otherwise engage with services with increased access to naloxone kits via peer-to-peer distribution. Recruitment is currently underway with the program expected to start this fall. In Abbotsford, this service will be provided by Impact.
Overdose prevention sites: In December 2016, Fraser Health opened overdose prevention sites, including one in Abbotsford. These sites ensure a health care professional is nearby to administer naloxone if a person consumes substances and overdoses. When a person is receptive, the sites also play an important role in connecting them to treatment, as well as other health care and community supports.
Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies: Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies are available at Abbotsford Public Health Unit, Abbotsford Mental Health Centre, Abbotsford Community Services, Riverside Shelter (Lookout Emergency Aid Society), Positive Living Fraser Valley and The Warm Zone (SARA for Women). Harm reduction supplies are also available at 5 and 2 Ministries.
Safe sharps disposal and recovery: Safe sharps disposal and/or recovery is provided in each community throughout the region.
Surge outreach: Monthly, on weeks when social assistance cheques are issued and during periodic surges in overdose volumes, public health nurses and Mental Health and Substance Use clinicians conduct outreach to areas with high volume of overdoses to distribute Take Home Naloxone, intervene in overdoses, assess and refer people to treatment.
Opioid Agonist Treatment clinics: Improved access to first line treatment for opioid addiction (medications like Suboxone and methadone) with a new clinic opening in Abbotsford in October.
Outpatient substance use programs: Provided through a contracted agency in Abbotsford, outpatient substance use programs include school-based prevention services, individual and group counselling, family support, psycho-education and opioid agonist treatment.
Substance use treatment beds: Abbotsford residents requiring treatment services have access to supports throughout the region. The 465 beds are a combination of sobering centre mats, withdrawal management, short-term access to recovery, stabilization and transitional living residence and intensive residential treatment beds.
The following services are located in Abbotsford:
- Stabilization and Transitional Living Residences (STLR): 219 beds, including 4 for youth, for individuals post-detox that require additional support. Of these beds, 23 are located in Abbotsford.
- Short-term Transitional Access to Recovery (STAR): 26 STAR recovery beds for people 19 years and older who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness due to substance misuse. Of these beds, 14 are located in Abbotsford.
- Intensive Residential Treatment (IRT) beds: 165 IRT beds for adults (including 4 for youth and 22 for young adults 19-24 years old) in five owned and operated/contracted programs. Of these beds, 89 are located in Abbotsford.
Riverstone Home/Mobile Detox/Daytox: Medically supported residential and home services for people in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Agassiz, Hope and Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows communities.
Outreach team: The Abbotsford outreach team provides services to people with serious mental health or substances use concerns that require intensive outreach. In collaboration with existing non-clinical outreach and social services, these services support people in moving towards recovery and link them to housing and treatment.