City of Leduc receives opioid awareness grant
The City of Leduc has received a $60,000 Opioid Response Public Awareness grant from Alberta Health.
The grant will be used to address the stigma of substance use disorder and opioid use in the community by building on already existing initiatives such as Community Opioid Education Sessions, education development with post-secondary partners, and naloxone training with the support of Leduc Fire Services. Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) has also seconded one of its staff members as the substance abuse prevention coordinator until the end of 2019 to oversee any related opioid projects, education and events.
“Leduc has unfortunately felt the impact of illicit opioid use and this has been a significant concern for City Council and Administration. We are committed to raising awareness of the unprecedented dangers and provide both harm reduction strategies and support to those that are using opioid drugs,” says Leduc Mayor Bob Young. “We are very pleased to be a recipient of this grant from the Government of Alberta, which will help us address this serious issue in our community.”
One of the ways in which this grant will address the stigma around substance abuse is to include individuals with lived experience and learn from people actively using opioids in our community. Their experiences will be shared as part of an educational campaign including an animated video.
“We strongly believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and they have access to health services as well as any other supports they may need,” says Donna Brock, Director of Community and Social Development.
Leduc is one of 29 communities in Alberta that has received this grant.
"Public awareness projects like this one will foster greater understanding of the impact of the opioid crisis on Alberta families. I commend the City of Leduc for partnering with us to support residents affected by substance use and for working to reduce the stigma,” says Associate Minister of Health Brandy Payne. “Nobody is immune from the impact the opioid crisis is having on families, neighbourhoods and communities across Alberta and we're proud to support the work of our partners to build greater awareness and save lives."
For more information, visit Leduc.ca or call 780-980-7177.
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