Community Forums: Participated in Fentanyl forum hosted by the Langley Division of Family Practice.
Events: Hosted and/or participated multiple community events to raise awareness of the overdose crisis, including Community Fun Day and Aboriginal Day.
Langley Community Overdose Response Steering Committee: Fraser Health staff from various departments participate in an inter-sectorial working group comprised of representatives from Township of Langley, City of Langley, RCMP, BC Emergency Health Services, Gateway of Hope, Stepping Stone Community Services, Encompass Support Services, Peers, Family Members Affected by Overdose, Langley Division of Family Practice, ICM Team, Langley School District, Langley Community Services Society, Langley Vineyard Church, Fraser Valley Aboriginal Child and Family Services/Xyolhemeylh and Langley Hospice Society.
The committee has four active working groups that focus on prevention through education, community resiliency/stigma reduction, harm reduction and responding to overdose events/trauma informed practices.
Langley Youth Hub: As part of the Encompass Support Services Society, Fraser Health is one of many partners supporting youth with a location for medical care, substance misuse counselling and prevention programs, care from a family physician or nurse practitioner, mental health counselling, and family education and support programs are just the start. Partners include Langley City and Township, RCMP, Langley Division of Family Practice, and a number of community groups.
Education,Training and Public Awareness Campaigns
Naloxone training: Naloxone training is available through Langley Public Health Unit, Lookout Emergency Aid Society (Mobile Harm Reduction Team) and Gateway for Hope (Salvation Army).
Peer engagement for naloxone distribution: A bi-weekly drop-in engagement group that provides youth and young adults who may not otherwise engage with services with increased access to naloxone kits via peer-to-peer distribution. In Langley, this service is provided through the Day, Evening, Weekend Youth (DEWY) site. Recruitment is currently underway with the program expected to start this fall.
Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) training: Coordinating training for MCFD social workers in Langley and Delta who have youth clients and families who are at risk of overdose.
Internal campaigns: For release in the fall of 2017, an internal communications campaign will target frontline emergency department staff, including those at Langley Memorial Hospital as this community has been particularly impacted by the overdose crisis.
Overdose prevention sites: In December 2016, Fraser Health opened overdose prevention sites in a number of communities, including Langley. 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 the Langley Public Health Unit, Langley Mental Health Centre, Lookout Emergency Aid Society Mobile Health Van and Gateway of Hope (Salvation Army).
Safe sharps disposal: Sharps disposal services are available at Langley Public Health Unit, Gateway of Hope (Salvation Army), Lookout Emergency Aid Society (Mobile Harm Reduction Team), Family Care Pharmacy and I.D.A. Pharmacy.
Safe sharps recovery: In addition to recovery efforts provided by the City, community members who find discarded sharps may contact Lookout Emergency Aid Society to arrange timely collection. Lookout Emergency Aid Society also undertakes regular sweeps of key locations in order to identify and safely dispose of any discarded sharps.
Surge outreach: Monthly, on weeks when income 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: A new clinic opening in Langley to improve access to first line treatment for opioid addiction (medications like Suboxone and methadone).
Outpatient substance use programs: Provided through a contracted agency in Langley, 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: Langley residents requiring treatment services have access to supports throughout the region. There are 465 beds that are a combination of:
- Withdrawal management beds
- Short-term access to recovery beds
- Stabilization transition living residences
- Intensive residential treatment beds
These services include specialized support for Indigenous men and women, young men and women ages 19 to 24, and women (including pregnant women).
Intensive Case Management (ICM): An ICM team supports people with a severe substance use disorder who face complex challenges related to health, housing, and poverty, and face barriers in accessing existing health or social services. A new team will be implemented in Langley this fall.
DEWY (Day, Evening, Weekend Youth): Two DEWY intensive day treatment programs for youth are located in Coquitlam (serving Fraser North including Surrey/Delta) and Langley (serving Fraser South including Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows). Four additional mobile DEWY cycles will be provided on a one-time basis prior to the end of 2017/28. Each cycle supports 12 youth through a five week program.
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