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Prevention focus of National Addictions Awareness Week

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Organizations across the country have dedicated this week to helping residents prevent and overcome addiction and substance abuse as part of National Addictions Awareness Week.

Information sessions are being held in communities around the Peace Country, including the annual Walk for Sobriety in Grande Prairie Saturday. People will gather for an open house at the Salvation Army, and walk to the Friendship Centre for an Indigenous pipe ceremony, feast and round dance.

Albertans can also find an Addiction Prevention Toolkit on Alberta Health Services’ website. It has tips on building healthy relationships and positive behaviours. AHS Provincial Medical Director of Addiction and Mental Health Doctor Nicholas Mitchell says they include asking friends how they’re doing, engaging others and taking care of yourself.

A full list of Peace region events is below:

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Fairview
A display sharing addictions resources and information will be set up this week at the Fairview Health Complex, 10628 110 St.
AHS representatives will be on hand to share information and answer questions at the Grande Prairie Regional College, Fairview Campus, 11235 98 Ave.
November 15, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Grande Prairie
Walk for Sobriety – Walking the Red Road.
Nov. 19:
Open House with addictions resources and information from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 9615 102 St.
Speeches at 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 9615 102 St.
Walk for Sobriety at 3:30 p.m., starting at the Salvation Army, with Indigenous pipe ceremony, feast and round dance to follow at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre, 10507 98 Ave.

Grimshaw
A display sharing addictions resources and information will be set up at the Grimshaw Municipal Library, 5007 47 Ave.
AHS representatives will be on hand to share information and answer questions at the Mile Zero Grimshaw Multiplex, 4609 50 St.
November 22 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
November 25 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

High Prairie
A display sharing addictions resources and information will be set up this week at the:
High Prairie Municipal Library, 4723 53 Ave.
High Prairie Provincial Building
High Prairie Mental Health and Addictions Office, 4620 53 Ave.
AHS representatives will be on hand to share information and answer questions at the High Prairie Health Complex, 4620 53 Ave.
November 15, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Manning
AHS representatives will be on hand to share information and answer questions at the Manning Community Health Centre, 600 2 Street NE.
November 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

McLennan
AHS representatives will be on hand to share information and answer questions at the Sacred Heart Community Health Centre, 350 3 Ave NW.
November 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Nampa
A display sharing addictions resources and information will be set up this week at the Nampa Municipal Library, 10203 99 Ave.

Peace River
A display will be set up this week at the:
Peace River Municipal Library, 9807 97 Ave.
Peace River Provincial Building, 9621 96 Ave.

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