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ASK Wellness AGM in Kamloops to touch on drug treatment strategies, recovery

FILE PHOTO - A safe drug consumption site located behind ASK Wellness in Kamloops.
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August 29, 2019 - 6:00 PM

KAMLOOPS — If you’ve ever had questions, concerns or just wanted to know the inner workings of ASK Wellness Society and the services they provide around the city, here’s your chance to find out.

ASK Wellness Society will be hosting its annual general meeting and education forum next month, and the organization’s executive director, Bob Hughes, hopes the meeting will answer any questions the public may have.

Hughes expects certain topics such as harm reduction efforts around the opioid crisis to come up during the meeting.

“I think the public is quite fatigued with harm reduction efforts,” he says. “We have needed to do what we have done to engage with this public health emergency but I think the public is now asking the questions about recovery and rehabilitation.”

Two guest speakers from the Lower Mainland will attend the meeting to discuss treatment for people suffering from crystal meth and opioid addictions.

“They will talk about options, and what are some of the effective ways to help people who are deeply addicted and build their dignity and help them be able to live healthier lives,” he says.

Hughes says the forum also helps people form educational opinions on how they look at people with serious addictions.

In the past, the society has had nearly 400 people attend the meetings depending on the public speaker.

“We get quite a bit (of people),” he says. “Usually we get around 100 to 200 people, that’s pretty common.”

The meeting will take place on Sept. 18 at the Henry Grube Education Centre from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature guest speakers Dr. Julius Elefante and Sarah Foster from PHS Services Society.

The event is free to attend and those interested can RSVP by emailing Leanne Maloney at l.maloney@askwellness.ca.


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