The City is observing National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW), from November 19 to 25 to increase public understanding and reduce the stigma surrounding addictions and substance use.
NAAW focuses on fostering solutions and providing insights into the harms related to alcohol and other drugs. It's a time for Canadians to enhance their knowledge on the prevention, treatment, and recovery of substance use disorders and to discuss the continuous advancement of effective solutions.
In conjunction with NAAW, the community is invited to the interactive exhibit, "Opioids Don't Discriminate," hosted at Teresa Sargent Hall.
The "Opioids Don't Discriminate" exhibit offers a unique experience for visitors as they engage with the stories of three individuals, based on real-life experiences, impacted by opioid use. Local statistics on opioid use are also highlighted, providing attendees with a factual perspective of the crisis at a community level.
· Dates and Times:
o Tuesday, November 21: 3-7 p.m.
o Wednesday, November 22: 2-7 p.m.
o Thursday, November 23: 2-7 p.m.
o Friday, November 24: 2-5 p.m.
This drop-in event is free to attend and targeted towards teenagers and adults. An info fair featuring local community supports on mental health and addiction will also be available.
“During National Addictions Awareness Week, our community joins together to learn more about the challenges and solutions surrounding addiction. 'Opioids Don't Discriminate' is more than just an exhibit; it's an experience that can change perceptions and support a deeper understanding of the indiscriminate nature of opioids. We invite everyone to engage with this exhibit and the accompanying information to learn, connect and become part of the solution in our community," said Mayor Jackie Clayton.
This National Addictions Awareness Week, by walking through the personal stories of those affected, the City aims to not only humanize the statistics but also reinforce the urgent need for community-wide support and understanding. Through these shared experiences, together as a community can cultivate a compassionate environment where recovery is possible.
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