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The Healthy Communities Partnership: Lanark, Leeds and Grenville has identified two recommended actions, for our communities, in each of the priority areas:

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The Lanark County and Town of Smiths Falls Municipal Drug Strategy (MDS) Committee

Our VISION for Substance and Alcohol Misuse Prevention in Lanark County is that all community members have a responsible attitude towards alcohol and other drugs, and the community supports skills and knowledge for healthy decision making and risk reduction.

MISSION STATEMENT: We want to encourage communication and collaboration across the Four Pillars to meet the needs of Lanark County.

Planet Youth Lanark County

The Municipal Drug Strategy Steering Committee has been a partner of this new initiative.
Two Community events to learn more of this project are being held Wednesday, November 28 at 7-9 pm in Carleton Place and Thursday, November 29 at 7-9 pm in Perth.


The Municipal Drug Strategy started as a community concern – many agencies saw the impacts of drugs on individuals, families and the community. Two town hall meeting were held early 2009 and a leadership group was formed to move us to implementation. The leadership group, after research, determined that a Municipal Drug Strategy was the best fit in our rural community. This group presented at Lanark County council and to each local municipality to ask them…

“To establish a local Municipal Drug Strategy (MDS) Committee as a Standing Committee of the Municipality address alcohol and other drug problems through community communication and collaboration.”

The strategy incorporates the evidenced-based, “4 Pillar” approach. It recognized that dedicated attention must be paid along the continuum of prevention, harm reduction, treatment and enforcement.

A Framework for Action includes the four pillars of prevention, treatment, enforcement and harm reduction. Each requires the interaction and support of the other three to help the framework improve the overall well-being of the community.

Local Committees

Most of the municipalities did form local Municipal Drug Strategy committees.

They are:

  • The Township of Beckwith
  • Town of Carleton Place
  • The Township of Lanark Highlands
  • Town of Mississippi Mills
  • Town of Smiths Falls
  • And the combined committee of - Township of Drummond / North Elmsley, Town of Perth, and Tay Valley Township

The Steering Committee supports local committees through facilitated communication, hosting network days and best practice resources.

Steering Committee Members include representatives from:

  • Municipal Drug Strategy committees
  • Lanark County OPP
  • Town of Smiths Falls Police Service
  • Family and Children Services of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville
  • Lanark, Leeds & Grenville Addictions and Mental Health
  • Lanark County Mental Health
  • Open Doors
  • Reeve of Beckwith
  • Lanark County Planning Council for Children, Youth and Families
  • Rideau Community Health Services
  • Youth Centres
  • Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
  • Healthy Communities Partnership: Lanark, Leeds & Grenville

Network Days

The Steering committee hosts 3 Network Days during the year for the purposes of sharing information and the opportunity to network with agencies, other local MDS committee members, community members and political representatives. The committee offers a two-way communication, committee support, and best practice resources.

Upcoming Events

  • Next Municipal Drug Strategy Network Day February 2018 - Details to come.

Past Network Days

27th Network Day - Where are we Now

Presenters and Presentations:

26th Network Day – Youth Engagement and Protective Factors

25th Network Day – Older Adults / Seniors and Drugs
Friday, February 24th, 2017

24th Network Day – Community Services for the Transition Years
Friday, October 14th, 2016

23rd Network Day – Tobacco – What is NEW and Happening in my Community? Friday, May 27th, 2016

22nd Network Day – Fentanyl – The Issues! Friday, February 26th, 2016

21st Network Day - Are We Making A Difference? Friday, October 30th, 2015


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