In the last year, communities across Canada have experienced various opioid issues, including overdose. Federal and provincial governments recognize the seriousness of the issue and the province of Ontario has declared an opioid crisis.
Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services and our community partners have many harm reduction services to help people who inject drugs and for the community as a whole. Harm reduction services for people who inject drugs aim to keep people alive, safe and healthy even if they continue to use drugs. If we keep people alive, safe and healthy, they will have the opportunity to get treatment for addictions when they are ready.
Examples of harm reduction services include: Needle Syringe Program, teaching about safer drug use, naloxone kits to reverse opioid overdoses, and overdose prevention training.
Public Health and community partners have started having conversations about supervised injection services. No decisions have been made about providing supervised injection services in Waterloo Region. We are asking the public for their opinion about these services through this survey and other methods. To participate in the survey you must be 16 years of age or older.
This survey will take 5 to 10 minutes to fill out.
The survey is anonymous. We are not asking for your name. Only grouped answers (not individual answers) will be shared in reports and presentations.
It is your choice to do the survey. You can answer all, some, or none of the questions – it is up to you. You can stop answering the survey at any time. Not doing the survey will not change any services you receive. If you change your mind about doing the survey after you have submitted answers, we cannot remove the information you provided because we are not collecting names. Parts of the survey might cause some people to feel sad or upset. Contacts for support are provided below and at the end of the survey.
Your answers to this survey will help with decisions about supervised injection services and how to address questions and concerns.
The information collected will be stored electronically by the online survey provider until all surveys are completed. It will then be deleted from the survey host and put in the electronic Public Health filing system. All information will be kept under password protection accessed only by Public Health staff writing the report. The information you provide will only be used to help with decisions about supervised injection services and will then be deleted in keeping with Public Health policy.
More information about the community’s opioid response can be found on the Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy Website:
If you would like to know more about harm reduction services, please visit Public Health’s website:
You may feel sadness or negative emotions after doing this survey; call this number at any time to access addictions, mental health & crisis services:
To request the survey in an alternate format, or if you have any questions about the survey or are interested in the results please contact:
Manager of Information, Planning and Harm Reduction
Health Promotion and Research Analyst
This study has been reviewed by and received approval from the Region of Waterloo Public Health Ethics Review Board members. If you have any concerns or questions about your rights as a participant, you may contact:
Region of Waterloo Public Health Ethics Review Board Chair
519-575-4400 ext. 5300
TTY: 519-575-4608Are you willing to do the survey about supervised injection services in Waterloo Region?