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October 14, 2005
Toronto Drug Strategy released
Councillor Kyle Rae and Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health,
today released a report to City Council containing 66 recommendations to
implement a Toronto Drug Strategy.

The report proposes a comprehensive drug strategy based on four components:
prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement. The recommendations are
organized by key themes identified during public consultations involving more
than 350 people in Town Halls and focus groups.

Toronto Police Chief William Blair and Gail Czukar, Executive V.P. at the
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, participated in the report's release on
behalf of a wide range of groups and experts who served as members of the Drug
Strategy Advisory Committee during the past 18 months.

Councillor Rae said the report's key recommendation calls for an Implementation
Committee to oversee the next steps of the City's strategy. "This report
balances the interests of public health and public order. I am proud of what we
have accomplished together and we now need to build on the excellent work
behind these recommendations."

Dr. McKeown said the report provides a very strong vision for co-ordinated
action. "We need to step up our efforts, especially in prevention and harm
reduction. The report sets a direction that will contribute to improving
community safety and building stronger neighbourhoods."

Four City Councillors worked with Councillor Rae as members of the Advisory
Committee: Councillors Shelley Carroll, Frank Di Giorgio, Joe Mihevc, and
Michael Thompson. The report will be presented to the Board of Health at its
meeting on Monday, October 24.

Media contact:

Susan Sperling
Toronto Public Health



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