Drug Use in Niagara Survey

We Want to Hear from You

Share your thoughts on drug use in your community for a chance to win one of three $50 gift cards

Take the survey

The Overdose Prevention and Education Network of Niagara (OPENN) is looking for input on drug use in Niagara from anyone 16 years or older who lives in Niagara.

What participating in this survey means for you

The survey takes about 10 minutes. The survey includes questions about drug use in Niagara - how it affects the community, what might work to prevent drug use, and your personal experience with drug use. Any of these questions can be skipped if you want.

The survey will also ask you for your age, gender, background and postal code to help us make sure all voices in Niagara are heard on the survey.

Participating in this survey or not has no effect on the services you receive in any way.

Compensation

Complete the survey for a chance to win one of three $50 gift cards. Gift cards are either Cineplex, The Ultimate Dining Card or to a grocery store of your choice.

Contact

Amanda Kirkwood
Program Evaluator, Niagara Region Public Health
905-688-8248 ext. 7250
Email Amanda Kirkwood

Important Information

  • How your information will be stored

    The information you provide is kept confidential. It will be safely stored and used by Niagara Region Public Health staff on behalf of OPENN. Once you start the survey, there is no way to withdraw your responses.

  • How your responses will be used

    We will look at all the responses to the survey to find themes in how people answer the questions. We will use this information to figure out what ways we can prevent drug use in Niagara. We will also use what we heard from people with lived or living experience of drug use in Niagara, people who work in mental health and addictions, and from looking at the best available research. We will make recommendations for how best to prevent drug use, based on all these things, in a Substance Use Prevention Strategy report.

    Only general ideas from the survey will be put in public reports. For questions where people have typed out an answer, they may be quoted. However, we will never report it in a way that someone could figure out what someone else has said.

  • Risks and benefits if you participate

    It is your choice to participate in this survey. If you choose not to participate, it has no negative consequences to you. You can also stop participating at any time during the survey.

    It's possible you may feel some discomfort because of the types of questions asked. Some questions may be personal or sensitive (for example, asking about your experience with drug use) or bring up painful memories or emotional distress. We provide contact information for mental health and addictions support in the resources section below and at the end of the survey. You do not have to answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable. There are no consequences if you choose not to answer any questions.

    The benefit of participating is the chance to win a gift card. You may also feel satisfied knowing that your ideas will be used to figure out the best way to prevent drug use in Niagara.

  • Mental health and addictions support

    Are you concerned about your drug or alcohol use? Visit the Drug and Alcohol Helpline or call 1-800-565-8603. The service is available 24/7.

    If you're in need of harm reduction supplies, connect with the StreetWorks program at Positive Living Niagara at 905-328-6715.

    If you're looking for a place to use safely, Consumption and Treatment Services is located at 105 Queenston St. in St. Catharines. Intakes occur between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., 365 days a year. Call 905-987-8684 ext. 311.

    If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health concerns, here are some resources that might help:

    If you're under the age of 18:

    For confidential, non-judgmental and informed LGBTTQQ2SI peer support, call 1-800-268-9688 or text 647-694-4275. For a list of local resources, visit YouthLine.

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