Erie St. Clair LHIN Opioid Strategy Invests $445,000 in Sarnia/Lambton

As part of Ontario’s comprehensive Strategy to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Overdose, the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (ESC LHIN) is investing $1 million in regional supports to help people impacted by opioid addiction and overdose. Through a new $445,000 investment, Bluewater Health will open temporary substance withdrawal management beds to help people living with addiction. This investment will improve access to important addiction services in Sarnia/Lambton while completion of the new community-based withdrawal management facility is underway.

This investment supports the ESC LHIN’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategies by improving access to community and residential withdrawal management services for people needing assistance with a chemical or substance addiction.

This $1 million opioid strategy investment by the ESC LHIN is part of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s immediate investment of $22 million province-wide to support local addiction and harm reduction efforts.  Over the next three years, Ontario is investing more than $222 million province-wide to combat the opioid crisis in Ontario, including expanding harm reduction services, hiring more front-line staff and improving access to addictions supports across the province.   

Opioid Addiction and Overdose Initiatives



Base Funding

Bluewater Health

Interim withdrawal management beds


Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare

Outreach withdrawal management staffing enhancements


Windsor Essex Community
Health Centre

Outreach and harm reduction workers



Community withdrawal management

$ 80,000

Victoria Order of Nurses

Opioid case managers for pain clinic program



“The devastating impact of opioid use disorder and overdose has reached every community in Ontario, and crosses all demographics. Our government has been working closely with partners across the province to combat this urgent issue for more than a year, and we are continuing to strengthen our strategy and increase harm reduction, addiction treatment and other supports. It is through this collaborative, evidence-based and comprehensive approach that we will be able to effectively address this crisis and save lives.”

  • Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“The opioid crisis is reaching into our communities and impacting people from all walks of life. The Erie St. Clair LHIN is dedicated to rolling out solutions that meet local withdrawal management service needs. Our investment is designed to make a difference on the front-line, where we are seeing the greatest opportunity for impact.”

  • Ralph Ganter, CEO, Erie St. Clair LHIN

“It is well-known that Bluewater Health has been working towards securing a Residential Withdrawal Management facility in the community. While a community-based 24-bed unit is our goal and we are well on the way to making that a reality, we are in an urgent situation right now. With today’s funding announcement of eight beds, which we can get in place immediately, I am thrilled with this opportunity to provide Interim Residential Withdrawal Management beds while we continue to work towards a larger facility. Between 2014 and 2017, the number of people accessing our Community Withdrawal Treatment has more than tripled. This solution could not have come soon enough.”

  • Paula Reaume-Zimmer, Integrated Vice-President, Mental Health & Addictions, Bluewater Health

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