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Windsor Essex County Drug Strategy Committee

Background information

The Windsor-Essex County Community Drug Strategy (WECCDS) is a collaborative in-place to make positive and lasting change to ensure a safer and healthier community. WECCDS is informed by research, best practices and the existing knowledge, insight and experience of community partners. The Drug Strategy uses a person-centred approach, focusing on where a person is in their individual journey rather than following a traditional program-centred model. 

The effects extend far beyond individuals using substances. Children living with parents who use substances, children and youth who have friends who use substances and children who themselves use substances suffer negative physical, cognitive, emotional and social consequences. 

The Drug Strategy includes the following guiding principles:

  • Person Centred
  • Inclusive
  • Non-Stigmatizing
  • Build on What we Know
  • Draw on Resources of the Total Community
  • Partnerships, Collaboration and Linkages
  • Best Practices
  • Four Pillars

The Drug Strategy is based on Four Pillars, which include:

  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Harm Reduction 
  • Harm Reduction
  • Enforcement

Various groups exist within the Four Pillars. The Drug Strategy plays various roles within these groups from support to facilitation. The Drug Strategy is a partner and provides support to the Providers of Addiction Treatment (PAT) Group. The Drug strategy is also a partner and provides ongoing support to the Harm Reduction Network. The Drug Strategy plays a leadership role in facilitation and chairing of the Drug Prevention Working Group. Enforcement is part of each of these groups.

 In addition to research, programs funded through WECCDS include:

  • Prevention Education
  • Harm Reduction Education
  • Living Safer Education
  • Overdose Prevention
  • Peer Outreach Support
  • Girls Talk Support Group
  • Drug Treatment Court
  • Resource Directory 

The Drug Strategy is committed to social inclusion and makes every attempt to partner with the various groups that make this such a diverse community. We welcome interested persons to join us in strengthening any of our groups.

The Windsor Essex County Drug Strategy Committee was formed to:

  • Preserve Essex-Windsor's quality of life
  • Strengthen the substance abuse treatment and support system
  • Protect children from substance abuse and involvement in illegal drug activity.

City, County and community representatives are on the Committee.

The Committee has been developing a drug strategy which would join the assets and needs of our region with Canada's Anti-Drug Strategy and Ontario's Drug Strategy Framework Initiative. In addition, a regional drug strategy would link to federal, provincial, and municipal legislation, funding and services.

County Council appointed Councillor Bart DiPasquale to the Committee for the term of Council - December 2014 to November 2018.

Meeting details

The Windsor Essex County Drug Strategy Committee meets in Windsor at the call of the Chair.