07 Jul Ottawa Public Health launches survey on harm reduction services
Ottawa Public Health has announced the release of the public consultation survey on enhancing harm reduction services in Ottawa. This survey presents an opportunity for community partners and members of the public to tell Ottawa Public Health their thoughts on enhancing harm reduction services in Ottawa.
The feedback received through this anonymous, confidential and voluntary public survey will be used when making decisions about expanding harm reduction services, and in a summary report that will be posted on the Ottawa Public Health website.
This is a community-wide conversation to ensure the community’s voice is heard and that the public health needs of our community continues to be met and improved.
This consultation was recommended by the report titled, Enhancing Harm Reduction Services – Data, Guiding Principle and Next Steps and accompanying technical report, which was presented to and passed by the Ottawa Board of Health on June 20, 2016. The report summarizes drug use in Ottawa as well as treatment and harm reduction services currently available. The report includes a guiding principle stating Ottawa Board of Health’s support for and encouragement of the Ottawa community to enhance harm reduction services, including supervised injection services. The report also outlined a consultation plan to engage the public on expanding harm reduction services in Ottawa.