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Substance Use Awareness

Substance use was consistently identified in the research and in our consultations as a major contributing factor to public safety issues in Surrey. Fraser Health’s core mandate includes responsibility for providing support for substance use programs from a health care perspective. As well, the Surrey RCMP has many operational strategies and activities in place to address drug related offenses and the Surrey School District’s Safe Schools Department addresses youth substance use through their Substance Use Liaisons. Ultimately, Public Safety will be improved when there is better understanding of the underlying causes and treatments for substance use.

"The more that young people find positive ways of getting their needs met, the need for connection, belonging and purpose, the less likely they’ll try to meet those needs by reaching for substances, for less healthy connections  that don’t support their best lives.” George Passmore, Sources Community Resources Society

Fentanyl use

The recent increases in overdoses and exposure to fentanyl among the substance use community is being addressed on a number of fronts. The City is collaborating with Fraser Health, RCMP and other partners on a specific response plan that will be reported and managed outside of the Public Safety Strategy.   

Substance Use Awareness Team (SUAT)

The City’s Substance Use Awareness Team (SUAT) provides Surrey specific support to the issue by coordinating public awareness campaigns, promoting safe use of legal substances and gaming, empowering youth to make positive choices about substance use, and providing resources such as fact sheets.

The SUAT brings together a team of community experts, including representatives from the City of Surrey, Fraser Health, the Surrey School District and various non-profits, to provide a coordinated response to emerging trends, help reduce stigma and support vulnerable populations and the general community.

Team Members

How we'll measure success

  • Digital Engagement
  • Event Attendance
  • Event Partnerships

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