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AHS promotes National Addictions Awareness Week - Edmonton Zone

November 16, 2016

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) is helping Albertans prevent addiction and substance abuse by assisting them in reducing their risk factors and promoting protective factors.

The development of problems with substance use is complex; however, there are things individuals can do to help prevent addiction in themselves and others, including their children, says Dr. Nicholas Mitchell, AHS Provincial Medical Director, Addiction and Mental Health.

“It’s important to understand to take care of ourselves and be positive role models for the children in our lives,” says Dr. Mitchell. “National Addictions Awareness Week (Nov. 13-19) gives us an opportunity to talk about what we all can do to help prevent addiction in ourselves, our children and within our communities.”

AHS has created an online Addiction Prevention Tool Kit at www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page14610.aspx to help Albertans prevent addiction and substance abuse. The tool kit includes tips for building healthy relationships and positive behaviours for individuals, parents, communities, families, schools and workplaces.

“We know small actions can make a big difference,” says Dr. Mitchell. “This tool kit is very helpful and provides some great tips, such as asking friends how they are doing, engaging with others and outlining how to practice self-care, all of which can make a difference.”

Local and area events for National Addictions Awareness Week include:

Nov. 17 – AHS Prevention and Health Promotion team is offering a free workshop, Positive Mental Health, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Inglewood A, 12803 116 Ave. For more information, call 780-644-3642 or email prevention.edmonton@albertahealthservices.ca.

Nov. 17 – AHS Prevention and Health Promotion team is participating in a drug awareness panel for parents from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Grandin Clubhouse, 5 Grenfell Ave., in St. Albert. The panel includes representatives from Alberta Health Services, the RCMP, the Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) Society, and the Our House Addiction Recovery Centre. The fentanyl crisis will be a focus of the panel. For more information, call 780-644-3642.

Help is available if you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction. Albertans can get more information or help by calling Health Link at 811 or the Addiction Helpline 1-866-332-2322.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Korey Cherneski
AHS Communications
780-613-8819 / 780-266-6914 (cell)