Educating the community about addictions in upcoming course

Lisa Goudy
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Awareness and education are the focal points of the upcoming addictions education course.

“It is geared to … inform the community about addiction issues — gambling, alcohol, drug addictions,” said Sharon Benson, councillor with Mental Health and Addictions Services of the Five Hills Health Region. “(Anyone) in the community that would like to come and learn about it because they’re possibly living with it or they have their own addiction issues. It’s not treatment. It’s quite basic.”

Mental Health and Addictions Services is holding its free four-day Addictions: Community Education Course on Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the solarium in the sixth floor of the Moose Jaw Union Hospital. It is open to any member of the community wanting to learn more about addictions.

Benson said there would be presentations, some from guest speakers, about all areas of addictions. One day will be focused on the work the Moose Jaw South Central Drug Strategy is doing. Members of the police service, EMS, youth workers, social workers, nurses, the drug court in Moose Jaw and from treatment centres will make presentations about the current situation including available services.

For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Mental Health and Addictions Services, Moose Jaw Union Hospital, EMS Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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