What should you know? What can you do?
For parents, community members and business owners who would like to become informed about substance use in our city, but may have missed previous community sessions, Lethbridge Public Library is hosting a general awareness session at the Main Branch downtown about the opioid crisis in Lethbridge and two Naloxone Information and Training sessions at The Crossings Branch.
“The Library is especially interested in hosting these sessions in partnership with ARCHES and Alberta Health Services – Addiction and Mental Health. This is a way that we can help to connect our community with information, tools and resources concerning the opioid use crisis in Southern Alberta” says Sarah Head, Manager Branch Services.
The Opioid Awareness Information Session will be held on March 30 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Theatre Gallery at the Main Branch. This session addresses the following: Are you concerned about substance use in Lethbridge? Would you like to learn more about the opioid crisis and how you can help? Facilitating the discussion will be Jill Manning, Managing Director at ARCHES (AIDS Outreach Community Harm Reduction Education Support Society), formerly known as Lethbridge HIV Connection. This public information session will educate attendees on the current drug trends within Southern Alberta, with particular focus on the opioid crisis being experienced by our communities. Various harm reduction practices, including drug classification, overdose recognition and prevention tips, and Naloxone training will be discussed as techniques to mitigate risk in drug using populations.
On March 23rd and April 4 at 6:30 p.m., Naloxone Information and Training sessions, in partnership with Alberta Health Services – Addiction and Mental Health and ARCHES, will be held at Friends Place at The Crossings Branch. Naloxone kits and addiction information will be available. Please call 403-381-5183 to register for either session.