Bluewater Health & Partners Hosting Public Forum to Discuss Illicit Drug Use

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:28am

Front-line experts will dispel myths and explore the facts

 

SARNIA & PETROLIA – May 16, 2019 Members of the public wanting to learn more about illicit drug use, and how to recognize family or friends at risk, are encouraged to attend a public forum.

 

The event will take place Thursday, May 30 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Unifor Local 914 Hall, 900 Devine Street, Sarnia, and will feature a panel discussion with speakers from Bluewater Health’s Emergency Department and Addiction Services, the County of Lambton Emergency Medical Services (Lambton EMS), Lambton Public Health, and Sarnia Police.

 

The evening will be interactive with space for attendees to ask questions, and free Naloxone kits will be available.

 

With the recent spike in overdoses and arrests for illicit drugs including fentanyl and methamphetamines, community members have expressed concern and are seeking current and accurate information from front-line experts.

 

"Addiction and overdoses are a serious, ongoing issue in our community, and illegal street drugs have never been more toxic," says Livia Manica, Manager of Addiction Services, Bluewater Health. "This forum is a way of dispelling mistruths, informing the public, and protecting people in our community."

 

According to Lambton Public Health data, there were eight opioid-related deaths in Sarnia-Lambton between January and September 2018.

 

Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. Bluewater Health’s Mission is: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

 

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For more information contact:

 

Julia Oosterman

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

Bluewater Health

519-328-3136

 

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