June 17th, 2019

Coalition on opioid use holding public sessions Tuesday and Feb. 12

By Mabell, Dave on January 25, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

Lethbridge residents are being invited to learn more about opioid use, prevention and education.

Community leaders have announced two evening sessions, Tuesday and Feb. 12.

The information sessions, “Addiction Basics,” will be presented by the Executive Leaders Coalition on Opioid Use, Prevention and Education Subcommittee. It’s a group of 16 local organizations formed to improve the co-ordination of services that respond effectively to the opioid crisis in Lethbridge.

Members include representatives from the health, police, justice, emergency medical, post-secondary, municipal, education and social-service sectors.

Speakers will include David Gabert, a communications lead and project co-ordinator with the Canadian Mental Health Association, and three representatives of Alberta Health Services: addictions counsellor Shieghla Kowalzik; public and primary-care planner Sheena Visser; and health promotion facilitator Chris Windle.

They’ll be speaking on a number of points, including what addiction is and how it develops, what treatment options are available, and how the community can prevent substance abuse.

The sessions are planned for Tuesday, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the downtown library’s Theatre Gallery and the same times on Feb. 12 in the media centre at Chinook High School.

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