By Bobinec, Greg on November 20, 2019.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) is teaming up with individuals, community groups, schools and businesses across the province to celebrate National Addictions Awareness Week, which started this week in Medicine Hat and is running from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1, in Lethbridge.
The effects of addiction go further than the individual and spread to family, friends and society as a whole. Preventing and reducing harm related to substance use and addiction is a collective issue, and AHS, through National Addictions Awareness Week, is encouraging Albertans to take part in any of their events.
Today, the Community Substance Abuse Awareness Resource Team will be hosting a conference from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Coast Hotel. The conference is $30 and includes morning snacks and lunch. The keynote speaker is Nicole Sherren, Scientific Director and Senior Program Officer with the Palix Foundation, an Alberta family wellness initiative, where she will be speaking on brain development and addiction.
On Friday and Saturday, AHS will be hosting Opioids Don’t Discriminate, where the community is welcome to drop in from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Lethbridge Regional Park N’ Ride Transit Terminal on the second floor.
The third annual McMan Addiction Outreach Services NAAW Walk will be returning on Nov. 25, starting at 11 a.m. at city hall. People are encouraged to bring their signs, shirts and banners that demonstrate empathy, inclusion and support to people who have experienced addiction, are affected by addiction, or commemorate those lost from addiction to drugs, or alcohol.