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alPHa Resolutions - Substance Misuse / Addictions
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alPHa Position

Public Health has an important mandate in key areas related to the use of alcohol and other drugs, including activities in chronic disease prevention, injury prevention, substance abuse prevention and harm reduction. Comprehensive strategies to address the potential harms of substance use can only succeed through a combination of interventions: education, prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement.

                                                            
Resolution A15-5 - Provincial Availability of Naloxone
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies requests that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care develop and implement a provincial Naloxone Strategy that would include and expand access to Naloxone to a minimum of:

-Not-for-profit agencies, Emergency Departments, Correctional Facilities, Paramedics/Emergency Medical Technicians, and organizations that service individuals at risk of opioid overdose,
-Individuals that prescribe to, support and/or care for individuals at risk of opioid overdose, and
-Any individual living in Ontario that is 16 years of age and older and dependent on opioids
            

 

Developments on A15-5:

October 12 2016

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has announced a comprehensive strategy to prevent opioid addiction and overdose by enhancing data collection, modernizing prescribing and dispensing practices, and connecting patients with high quality addiction treatment services. alPHa has written a letter of congratulations.

 

May 18 2016

The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care has announced that Ontario will begin dispensing naloxone to anyone through community pharmacies at no charge and without requirement of a prescription. The Ontario Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Access working group has transmitted a letter in response.

April 28 2016

alPHa has written a letter endorsing the recent call by a coalition of health providers for a provincial opioid overdose prevention and intervention plan. Resolution A15-5 is referenced and included. 

November 11 2015

alPHa has written a letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care that calls for an Ontario Overdose Coordinator and Action Plan. Resolution A15-5 is referenced and included. 

August 24 2015

The Canadian Medical Association has passed a resolution that mirrors the alPHa one.

July 30 2015

alPHa has sent a letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introducing this resolution.

June 9 2015

The alPHa Board of Directors has formally endorsed the Municipal Drug Strategy Co-ordinator's Network of Ontario report, "Prescription for Life" which provides key actions urgently needed to improve opioid safety and reduce accidental opioid overdose fatalities and injuries by expanding access to the emergency medicine naloxone.

                                                                 
Resolution A13-4 - Gambling Expansion and Provincial Revenue Generation
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies call for the Province of Ontario to refrain from expanding gambling availability as a way to generate additional revenues in Ontario; AND FURTHER that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies partner with health units and other stakeholders to strengthen and develop strategies that prevent or mitigate gambling-related harm in Ontario, promote awareness of treatment options, and protect vulnerable populations.
            

 

Developments on A13-4:

July 16 2013

Letter written to the Minister of Finance introducing this Resolution. Please click here to read.
      
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Resolution: A12-4 - Alcohol Pricing and LCBO Revenue Generation
                
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) urgently request that the Premier of Ontario (Dalton McGuinty), the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (Deb Matthews), the Office of the Attorney General (John Gerretsen), the Minister of Finance (Dwight Duncan), and the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Arlene King), only consider revenue generation from increased pricing on alcohol, not fostering increased alcohol sales.
            

 

Developments on A12-4

March 2015

alPHa has written two letters following reports that the Ontario Government is poised to announce changes to the province's alcohol retailing system that would allow the sale of beverage alcohol in supermarkets. The first was sent to the Minister of Finance on March 17, which outlined our concerns with the idea. The second was to the Chair of the Premier's Advisory Council on Government Assets on March 24, which suggests that this proposal is not aligned with the Council's advice on the matter. alPHa Resolutions A12-4 and A08-4 were included.

April 2014

alPHa and COMOH have responded to the recent Government announcements that will allow VQA wines to be sold at Farmers' Markets and to allow LCBO Express stores within large grocery stores. COMOH's VQA input is here; alPHa's LCBO letter is here, and COMOH's subsequent request to remove the Low Risk Drinking Guidelines Performance Indicator from the Public Health Funding and Accountability Agreements is here.


August 15 2012

Response received from Premier to the July 30 Letter

July 30 2012

alPHa has written a letter to the Premier congratulating him for quickly reiterating that there would be no major changes to the way beverage alcohol is sold in Ontario following this week’s call by the Ontario Convenience Stores to allow alcohol sales in corner and grocery stores. 

July 24 2012

Response received from Premier to the July 5 letter

July 5 2012

Letter from the alPHa President introducing alPHa Resolution A12-4, which calls for limiting revenue increases from the LCBO to pricing control and not expansion of access. 

                                                                                                                                                                    

Resolution: A12-6 - Energy Drink Regulations
                                  
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) urge Health Canada and the Province of Ontario to prohibit the advertising and sale of energy drinks to children and adolescents;require the addition of a warning label to energy drink packaging; to prohibit the sale of all pre-mixed caffeinated-alcoholic beverages at Provincial Liquor Outlets or at a minimum a warning label to all pre-mixed caffeinated-alcoholic beverages packaging; prohibit the sale of energy drinks at all locations where alcohol is sold and served 
                          

 

  

Developments on #A12-6:

July 25 2012

Response received from the federal Minister of Health, which refers to changes to rules governing energy drinks that were announced in October 2011. These changes came into effect at the beginning of 2013 and appear to satisfy the labeling request. It also points out that the other requests are not under federal jurisdiction.

July 11 2012

alPHa has written letters to three Ministers at the Federal and Provincial levels introducing alPHa Resolution A12-6, which calls for stricter regulation of energy drinks.    


 

Resolution: A11-1 - Conduct a Formal Review and Impact Analysis of the Health and Economic Effects of Alcohol in Ontario and Thereafter Develop a Provincial Alcohol Strategy
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) petition the Ontario government to conduct a formal review and impact analysis of the health and economic effects of alcohol in Ontario and develop a provincial Alcohol Strategy.

 

Developments on #A11-1:

January 26 2016

alPHa has written a letter to the Premier responding to the December 2015 announcement that the Province will be developing a Provincial Alcohol Strategy.

September 21, 2015

A position statement entitled Why Ontario Needs a Provincial Alcohol Strategy has been released by CAMH in conjunction with five other organizations including RNAO, OPHA, MADD.

August 29 2011

Response received from the Premier. Please click here to read.

August 17, 2011

alPHa has written to the Premier of Ontario urging action on this and two other 2011 alPHa Resolutions. Please click here to read.

August 17, 2011

alPHa has written to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care urging action on this and five other 2011 alPHa Resolutions Please click here to read.



Resolution: A08-2 - Establish Stricter Advertising Standards for Alcohol:
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies petition the federal government, Ontario government, and Advertising Standards Council to establish stricter advertising standards for alcohol.

 

Developments on #A08-2:

December 11 2008

Reply received from the Premier's Office - Please click here to read.

November 21, 2008

Letter written to the Premier of Ontario informing him of this and other alcohol-related resolutions passed in October 2008. Please click here to read.

 

Resolution: A08-3 - Advocacy for an Enhanced Provincial Public Education and Promotion Campaign on the Negative Health Impacts of Alcohol Misuse
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies petition the Ontario government to create an enhanced public education and promotion campaign on the negative health impacts of alcohol misuse as one component of a comprehensive strategy

 

Developments on #A08-3:

 

December 11 2008

Reply received from the Premier's Office - Please click here to read.

November 21, 2008

Letter written to the Premier of Ontario informing him of this and other alcohol-related resolutions passed in October 2008. Please click here to read.

 

 

Resolution: A08-4 - Eliminate the Availability of Alcohol Except in Liquor Control Board Outlets (LCBO) (i.e. Increase Point of Sale Control)
THAT that the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) petition the Ontario government to maintain its monopoly on off-premise liquor sales through the Liquor Control Board of Ontario; AND FURTHER THAT alPHa petition the Ontario government to retain oversight of beverage alcohol at Ontario wineries, microbreweries and the Beer Store through the provisions of the Liquor License Act;AND FURTHER THAT alPHa petition the Ontario Government to fully consult with health experts, including but not limited to alPHa, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Ontario Public Health Association before making any policy changes to the availability of beverage alcohol.

 

Developments on #A08-4:

 March 2015

alPHa has written two letters following reports that the Ontario Government is poised to announce changes to the province's alcohol retailing system that would allow the sale of beverage alcohol in supermarkets. The first was sent to the Minister of Finance on March 17, which outlined our concerns with the idea. The second was to the Chair of the Premier's Advisory Council on Government Assets on March 24, which suggests that this proposal is not aligned with the Council's advice on the matter. alPHa Resolutions A12-4 and A08-4 were included.

December 11 2008

Reply received from the Premier's Office - Please click here to read.

November 21, 2008

Letter written to the Premier of Ontario informing him of this and other alcohol-related resolutions passed in October 2008. Please click here to read.

 



Resolution: A08-7 - Promoting Safe Driving in Young Drivers
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies request the province that in the development of a comprehensive strategy for alcohol and other drugs, they include designated driver initiatives as one prevention measure with specific focus on youth

 

Developments on #A08-7:

Feb 18 2009

alPHa has forwarded this and two other resolutions to the Standing Committee on General Government as it considers changes to Ontario's traffic safety legislation under Bill 126, Road Safety Act 2008. Please click here to read

December 11 2008

Reply received from the Premier's Office - Please click here to read.

November 21, 2008

Letter written to the Premier of Ontario informing him of this and other alcohol-related resolutions passed in October 2008. Please click here to read.


Resolution: A07-6, Advocate for a Provincial Strategy to Address Substance Use
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies request that the provincial government develop a comprehensive provincial strategy for alcohol and other drugs based on the four components of prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement, in collaboration with the Ontario Health Education and Enforcement Partnership (HEP) initiative

 

Developments on #A07-6:

 October 31, 2007

Letter written to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care introducing this and several other resolutions passed at the 2007 alPHa AGM. Please click here to read.

 

 

 

CLOSED Resolutions

 

 

A08-5 - Advocacy for Enactment of a 0% Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limit on Drivers Until They Reach the Age Of 21 Years
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies petition the Ontario government to enact a 0% Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit on drivers until they reach the age of 21 years

 

 

Reason for Closure

May 1 2009Bill 126 amendments to the Highway Traffic Act passed into law, including the enactment of a 0% BAC for all drivers under the age of 22. This portion of the HTA is expected to come into force on August 1, 2010.

 

 

 

 

A08-6 - Advocacy to Reduce the Legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) from 0.08% to 0.05%
THAT the Association of Local Public Health Agencies petition the Ontario government to reduce the legal BAC from 0.08% to 0.05%.

 

 

Reason for Closure

May 1 2009

 

Bill 126 amendments to the Highway Traffic Act passed into law, including the enactment of an immediate 3-day suspension of the driver's license if BAC is measured at more than 0.05 mg/L.

 

 

 

A01-16, Fetal Alcohol Effects/Syndrome Prevention
THAT the Government of Canada is urged to require all containers of alcoholic beverages sold in Canada to carry the following visible and clearly printed label: Warning: Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause birth defects.

 

 

Reason for Closure

February 1 2007

 

Resolution closed by alPHa's Board of Directors, following a recommendation by alPHa's Advocacy Committee that alPHa continue to advocate for other strategies that are aimed at reducing FAS incidence.

April 11, 2005

The federal Standing Committee on Health recommends in their report that Bill C-206, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (warning labels regarding the consumption of alcohol), not proceed any further, based on conclusions that established, targeted programs for FAS prevention were more effective, and that the significant cost of implementing labeling requirements would far outweigh their benefits and divert resources away from those programs.

 

Local Board Resolutions - Substances & Addictions

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Algoma - Legalization of Cannabis PDF (79.79 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-11-10
Lambton - Legalization of Cannabis PDF (470.87 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-07-21
WDGPH - Legalization of Cannabis PDF (1.29 MB)  more ] Administration 2016-07-05
TPH - Legalization of Cannabis PDF (88.5 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-06-13
Elgin-St. Thomas - Cannabis Legalization PDF (100.13 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-04-29
SMDHU - Cannabis Legalization PDF (292.61 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-04-25
Durham - Cannabis Legalization PDF (897.64 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-02-23
MLHU - Cannabis Legalization PDF (648.88 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-02-23
WECHU - Cannabis Legalization PDF (155.32 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-02-04
GBHU - Cannabis Legalization PDF (770.21 KB)  more ] Administration 2016-01-25
SDHU - Cannabis Legalization PDF (164.87 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-12-07
TPH - Overdose Strategy PDF (82.18 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-10-07
MLHU - Alcohol Availability PDF (50.54 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-07-28
PCCHU - Alcohol Availability PDF (527.8 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-07-07
PCCHU - National Alcohol Strategy PDF (100.27 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-05-14
SDHU - Alcohol Availability PDF (166.57 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-05-14
Durham - Naloxone Distribution Program PDF (92.88 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-04-13
WECHU - Naloxone Distribution Program PDF (177.39 KB)  more ] Administration 2015-03-06
SMDHU - Wine & Farmers' Markets PDF (348.29 KB)  more ] Administration 2014-01-22
SMDHU - Alcohol Modernization PDF (276.53 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-10-03
OPH - Gambling and Mental Health PDF (993.85 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-09-09
PCCHU - Casinos PDF (213.53 KB)  more ] Administration 2013-04-30
GBHU - Reducing Alcohol-Related Harm PDF (1.35 MB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
PCCHU - Drug Policy PDF (456.7 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
SMDHU - Liquor in Convenience Stores PDF (229.78 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
TPH - Alcohol and Cancer PDF (748.84 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
KFLA - Visual Age ID PDF (1.09 MB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
Ottawa - Changes to Liquor License Act PDF (103.03 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
PCCHU - Regulations On Energy Drinks PDF (597.14 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
Waterloo - LCBO Privatization PDF (648.62 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
NBPSHU - Community Substance Abuse Programs PDF (418.75 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
KFLA - Safe and Sober Community Alliance PDF (140.96 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
Waterloo - Blood Alcohol Limits PDF (303.04 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
TPH - Alcohol Policy PDF (776.03 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
Durham - Blood Alcohol Limits PDF (56.66 KB)  more ] Administration 2012-11-23
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