Amherstburg Police Service hosting open forum on opioids



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Police Service is hosting an open forum this Thursday to help spread awareness and advice regarding opioids.

The free community forum, entitled “Not My Kid”, runs Nov. 9 at the Libro Centre from 6-8 p.m. Const. Kim Rathbone said their vision is to have information available in the foyer of the Libro Centre featuring youth diversion, New Beginnings, the Teen Health Centre, the Canadian Mental Health Association among others.

“These places are typically in Windsor but they are going to be at your fingertips,” said Rathbone.

Once the program starts, Rathbone said they will have a real life story from someone who battled addiction and received treatment. The Windsor police drugs and guns unit will also be on hand to make a presentation.

“They are going to talk to parents about typical signs to look for in your child and what to look for in your child’s room,” she said.

Rathbone added that local Shoppers Drug Mart owner Josie Piruzza is scheduled to speak on keeping prescription drugs safe and proper disposal of drugs. There will be school nurses from around Windsor-Essex County on hand, Rathbone continued, with Sharmaine Tanario-Battagello from Withdrawal Management also scheduled to speak.

Tanario-Battagello has 27 years of program development and clinical experience and holds a master’s degree in organizational psychology and clinical social work. She has worked in the fields of mental health and addictions throughout her career and has been part of the medical systems in both Canada and the United States.

Crime Stoppers Windsor-Essex County is also scheduled to attend with free naloxone training also being provided. Naloxone is used on someone who has overdosed and buys time for the person to be treated by medical professionals.

Rathbone pointed out that there have already been open forums on opioids in Kingsville and LaSalle and organizers have learned from those events on what information people are seeking. Amherstburg police hope to prevent opioid addiction and limit it from becoming a major issue locally.

“The whole point of this is to get ahead of it,” said Rathbone. “It’s not a giant issue in Amherstburg. There’s no epidemic here.”

Another open forum is scheduled to be in Windsor in early 2018, she added.

The “Not My Kid” community forum will run from 6-8 p.m. The Libro Centre is located at 3295 Meloche Road in Amherstburg.

For more information, contact Rathbone at 519-736-8559.

Suspect identified after short pursuit: Amherstburg Police Service


Amherstburg police state that a red 2000 Dodge Ram pick-up was taken from the parking lot at Tim Horton’s on Sandwich St. S. and Murray St.  According to police, officers located the vehicle northbound on Front Road in LaSalle and a brief pursuit took place. The suspect was identified and the pursuit was called off.  The vehicle was last seen southbound on Matchette Road in LaSalle.  Police add that a warrant has been requested for the suspect. The call came in last Friday around 6 a.m.


Opioid open forum   The Amherstburg Police Service is hosting a free community open house entitled “Not My Kid – Opioids and Adolescents” Nov. 9.

The open house will be at the Libro Centre and runs from 6-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome, including parents, grandparents, guardians, community workers, coaches, and teachers. The forum is designed to increase awareness and share information on opioids and adolescents in the community.

For further information, contact Const. Kim Rathbone at 519-736-8559.

Accident   Amherstburg police state that around 1:30 p.m. last Thursday, a passer-by called in a vehicle in the ditch. Police say it was a blue 1999 Chevrolet Silverado. According to police the original location identified was incorrect, but police located the vehicle unoccupied. Officers located the male owner allegedly walking away from the collision, approximately two kilometres away. He was treated by EMS for minor injuries and charges pending.


Recovered boat   A stolen boat from Kingsville was recovered in Amherstburg Sunday morning. Police say the boat was located at a residence in the 2500 block of County Road 10 with police being notified around 11 a.m. The investigation is continuing.


Lock it or Lose It   Amherstburg police is issuing another reminder to the public to make sure their vehicles are locked when not in use. Police also state people should not leave vehicles running while unattended and to lock their valuables or risk losing them.


Stats   There were 219 calls for service from Oct. 23-30 with 58 traffic-related charges.


—All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service