Justin: What are your views on the opioid crisis in Sudbury?
David: Thank you Justin for your question.
I firmly believe that the opioid crisis is not an addictions issue, but a mental health issue. Peoples’ mental health has, for far too long, been dismissed by society. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an increase in stress and anxiety for many people. With this, opioids abuse can be correlated with the increase in poor mental health. I have come to understand that approximately 85% of opioid deaths occurring within our community are not related to homelessness but are a product of the many factors affecting the mental health of those in our community. Many victims of the opioid crisis in our community appear to be functioning well on a day-to-day basis until it is too late.
My immediate response, is we need more funding. Funding for programs to help individuals with mental health and addiction struggles as well as their families.
However, having conveyed my opinion, it’s a very important aspect of our campaign that we listen to the voice of our constituents. We need to make sure that we aren’t missing details relevant to those suffering, including their families.
I would welcome the opportunity to hear your thoughts and ideas on what we as a community should be doing to tackle this crisis. Please reach out to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, through our website https://www.hereforsudbury.ca, or call us at 705-805-0200, we look forward to hearing from you.