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KFL&A Community Drug Strategy

A multi-sector partnership dedicated to cultivating healthy communities along the continuum of substance use health in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington.

ABOUT
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ABOUT US

The Community Drug Strategy Advisory Committee for KFL&A was first formed in March 2017 in response to harmful substance use in the community. Community partners came together to discuss substance use from the perspectives of their organizations.

The KFL&A Community Drug Strategy seeks to address substance use through the lens of prevention, harm reduction, and treatment.

 

People use substances for a variety of reasons and deserve support wherever they are along the continuum of use. We recognize that addiction is not a choice or a moral failing.

 

The KFL&A Community Drug Strategy partners endeavour to use respectful, person-first language when discussing substance use issues and people who use substances.

 

We welcome participation from people who have been impacted by the drug poisoning crisis either through becoming a member of the Strategy or partnering on specific initiatives. Please reach out to kfladrugstrategy@gmail.com if you are interested in addressing substance use in the KFL&A community

Aug 31, 2022 - Kingston's Inaugural Commemoration of International Overdose Awareness Day - Drone Aerial Video and Photography Company - Razor Aerial Productions

A Note About Photos Featured on this Website

The photos shared on this website were taken by the patrons of the Integrated Care Hub.  Patrons took photos to share with the KFL&A community know substance use and/or homelessness looks like from their perspective.  Each photo provides a symbolic representation of lived experience with substance use, inviting greater awareness about substance use and homelessness, teaching the community about patron experiences and helping the community to see the world through the eyes of those impacted by substance use. These photos can be a gateway to better understanding the human beings impacted by substance use.  

 

By featuring these photos on the KFL&A Community Drug Strategy website, we recognize that people who use substances and those with a history of substance use must have a real voice in the creation of programs and policies designed to serve them.

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Collaborate to identify priorities and integration opportunities of substance use programming and services in the KFL&A region.

  • Be a voice to advocate on behalf of the KFL&A community on policy and funding issues.

  • Embed Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, and Indigeneity in our practice by listening to, learning from, and meaningfully collaborating with local Indigenous and other equity-seeking community members, groups, and organizations. We recognize that intersections of identity matter because substance use disproportionately impacts some groups more than others.

  • Take a holistic and evidence informed approach to understanding and addressing substance use health in the wider KFL&A community.

  • Respect the impact that substance use health has on the broader KFL&A community by taking action and being accountable to the KFL&A community.

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Photo: R Jenson

TREATMENTS

OUR GOALS

  • Create space for partners and community members to identify priorities and integration opportunities for substance use programming and services in the KFL&A region.

  • Advocate for evidence-based drug policies.

  • Address community priorities through partnership committees and working groups.

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