A Forum - Community Health
Crystal Methamphetamine in Waterloo and Wellington Region Harm Reduction, Supporting Clients and Staying Safe
Waterloo Region - Local health and social service providers from across Wellington County and Waterloo Region are coming together to attend a one-day forum today that will provide information, raise awareness and build community capacity to respond to the increased use of Crystal Meth in our communities.
The behaviours associated with Crystal Meth use have generated challenges for a wide range of service providers across Waterloo and Wellington. Cheap and readily accessible Crystal Meth in our communities affects a broad spectrum of people from all walks of life. Issues such as paranoia, delusions, sleeplessness, anxiety and violence are associated with its use. Crystal meth is a substance which can be swallowed, snorted, smoked or injected.
Dr. Tim Guimond, a clinician researcher from St. Michaels’ Hospital in Addictions, Concurrent Disorders and Biostatistics will open the forum with key messages about using harm reduction practices to support clients. Staff from local organizations including Sanguen Health Centre, Stonehenge Therapeutic Community, Choices for Change, Grand River Hospital and Waterloo Region Police Services will share their expertise across a range of topics that include:
• Safety concerns for front-line workers related to the production and/or use of Crystal Meth
• Effective practices for working with clients who are delusional or paranoid
• Harm reduction practices specific to the use of Crystal Meth
• Supporting withdrawal management practices for clients who are using Crystal Meth.
Monday March 21 2016 9:00-4:00pm at Bingemans Conference Centre 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener