Events: Hosted and/or participated multiple community events to raise awareness of the overdose crisis, including a City of Surrey Public Safety Event, Fusion Festival (Cloverdale and Guildford), and the Jamaican Day Festival.
Community forums: Participated in the public safety event at South Surrey Recreation Centre.
RCMP training: Provided specialized 2-day training and education to RCMP, municipal bylaw staff, and Emergency Medical Services around TIP, substance use, engagement, harm reduction and overdose. Additionally, staff meet daily with the Surrey Outreach Team to coordinate supportive actions on 135A Street, and leaders meet weekly to strategize how best to address health, housing and public order issues in the area.
Community drive: Planned a community drive to learn what outreach existed in Newton and Whalley (SHOP, Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre, Maxxine Wright Community Health).
School based support: Working with the local School District to support implementation of activities, such as coordinating forums, creating substance use related prevention curricula and accessing to harm reduction strategies and naloxone kits. Participated in Surrey School District’s “Balancing Our Minds” youth mental health event.
School forums: Contributed to a number of forums hosted in schools. For example:
- “Tuned in Parents” capacity café at Elgin Park, Earl Marriott and Semiahmoo schools where youth spoke about their experiences with substance use and mental health.
- “Balancing our Minds”, a youth event for grades 7 through 12 about decreasing stigma around mental health and substance use.
- “Can you drug proof your teen” for parents at Semiahmoo Secondary where the focus was on relational parenting, building resiliency and having open conversations.
- Drug awareness and overdose prevention forum held at Southridge Secondary School
Municipal staff forum: Participated in City of Surrey employee information session around current overdose crisis.
Community working group: Surrey community working group works collaboratively to identify new solutions and implement effective strategies. Participants include the City of Surrey, RCMP, Surrey Fire, Surrey School District, Lookout Emergency Aid Society and BC Housing.
Education,Training and Public Awareness Campaigns
Naloxone training: In Surrey, naloxone training is provided at all public health units, Boulevard Shelter (Lookout Emergency Aid Society), Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre, SafePoint, Positive Point (Lookout Emergency Aid Society) and Lookout Emergency Aid Society Mobile Health Van. Training participants include representatives from the RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development, local community services (for example, Lookout Emergency Aid Society and Waypoint Treatment Facility), Surrey School District, Surrey Friendship Centre and others. For members of the public, Fraser Health offered three Take Home Naloxone kit training sessions in partnership with the City of Surrey.
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 Surrey, this service will be provided in partnership at the Newton Youth Resource Centre, and the Surrey Guildford Youth Resource Centre. Recruitment is currently underway with the program expected to start this fall.
Internal campaign: For release in fall 2017, an internal communications campaign will target frontline emergency department staff, including those at Surrey Memorial Hospital as this community has been particularly impacted by the overdose crisis.
Supervised consumption services: In June 2017, Fraser Health opened two supervised consumption sites in Surrey at SafePoint (135A Street) and Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre (94A Avenue). Both sites were previously overdose prevention sites, which had opened in December 2016. As of September 3, 2017, SafePoint has supported 8,101 visits and there have been no overdose deaths.
Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies: Take Home Naloxone kits and harm reduction supplies are available in Surrey at all public health units, Gateway Mental Health Centre, Boulevard Shelter (Lookout Emergency Aid Society), Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre, SafePoint, Positive Point (Lookout Emergency Aid Society), and Lookout Emergency Aid Society Mobile Health Van.
Safe sharps disposal: Sharps disposal services are available at all Public Health Units, Front Room, Positive Point (Lookout Emergency Aid Society), Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre, SafePoint and East to West Holistic Pharmacy.
Safe sharps recovery: The following organizations undertake regular sweeps of key locations in order to identify and safely dispose of any discarded sharps:
- Lookout Emergency Aid Society
- Raincity Housing and Support Society
Community members who find discarded sharps may contact Lookout Emergency Aid Society (Mobile Harm Reduction Team) to arrange collection.
Surge outreach: Monthly, during cheque issue week and during periodic surges in overdose volumes, public health nurses and Mental Health and Substance Use clinicians conduct outreach to areas with a 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 clinics in Surrey at Health Solutions and Quibble Creek Sobering and Assessment Centre.
Outpatient substance use programs: Two Fraser Health owned/operated outpatient programs provide services for children through school-based services, as well as youth, adults and older adults. While located in Burnaby and Surrey, these services can be accessed by anyone within the region.
Substance Use Treatment Beds: Surrey 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 Surrey:
Stabilization and Transitional Living Residences (STLR): 219 beds, including 4 for youth, for individuals post-detox that require additional support. 71 of these beds are located in Surrey.
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, 10 STAR beds are located in Surrey.
Creekside Withdrawal Management Service: Creekside provides 24 adult detox and 6 youth detox spots to support people as they detox from alcohol and drugs.
Quibble Creek Sobering & Assessment Centre and Primary Care Services & Opiate Substitution Therapy Clinic: Quibble Creek provides medical and substance use care and treatment with 25 mats to Surrey residents.
Emergency department follow-up: Within two to three days of visiting an emergency department for an overdose, patients are being supported to access community substance use services. We also provide additional information on harm reduction and treatment options during these interactions. The program is currently being piloted at Surrey Memorial Hospital and will be expanded throughout the region.
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