The strategy

The Community Drug Strategy is made up of 15 different community organizations that are challenging the way we think about and approach addiction and substance use to best address root causes. This new approach recognizes addiction does not discriminate and recovery is at the individual, family and community levels. 

The strategy provides an evidence-base for comprehensive, dynamic community conversations to key issues related to substance use in Strathcona County. It also outlines actions under the four pillars of prevention, treatment, harm reduction and community inclusion and safety that are needed to address the harmful effects of drug use. 

Community Drug Strategy for Strathcona County: From addiction to connection (10.1 MB)

Follow up report 

The Community Drug Strategy Committee recently completed the Community Drug Strategy Committee Follow-Up Report. The report outlines progress made by committee members and the community to address the commitments identified in the Drug Strategy. It also highlights the major initiatives undertaken to reduce stigma and increase empathy of those living with opioid use. The commitments fall within four pillars, including prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and community inclusion and safety.  

Community Drug Strategy Committee: Follow Up Report (16.5 MB)

Tackling the opioid crisis

Opioids Don’t Discriminate: An Interactive Experience  

For two days in 2018 and four days in 2019, the Strathcona County Community Drug Strategy Committee ran Opioids Don’t Discriminate: An Interactive Exhibit. Over the six days, more than 1,200 participants visited the exhibit. This exhibit took an innovative approach to raising awareness about the opioid crisis. The exhibit aimed to reduce stigma and increase empathy for those living with opioid misuse. It also aimed to inspire participants to act.  


Do It Yourself Kit 

This Do-it-Yourself Kit is intended to explain the approaches, concepts, tools and learnings used to design and run the exhibit. It is a way to share key aspects of the exhibit for those who might want to do something similar where they live. It is a way to enable future action to support those affected by the opioids crisis.  

Download a copy of the kit here (6.6 MB)

Contact us

Family and Community Services
Second floor, East Wing Community Centre
401 Festival Lane
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 5P7
Phone: 780-464-4044
Fax: 780-449-1220

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Last updated: Friday, May 13, 2022
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