Let’s Show The World That Addiction Matters
National Addiction Awareness Week is underway as of Monday, November 13th and will continue until Saturday, November 19th of 2016. The theme this year is “Addiction Matters” which is especially appropriate and timely considering the wave of recent fentanyl relapses among drug users.
Addiction is a disease that burns away in the light of understanding, acceptance and action. With misguided views and social stigmas continuing to prevail, the importance of educating society on the true nature of addiction is a monumental challenge. In order to provide the most effective level of care to those suffering at the hands of this illness, people in the recovery community are embracing National Addictions Awareness Week as medium to spread a message of hope.
Some Key Facts To Raise Awareness:
- By the year 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
- In the province of British Columbia alone, the prediction is that about 750 people will die from an overdose by the end of this year. In fact, the number of overdose deaths has surpassed the number of deaths due to motor vehicle accidents.
- Canada is the second largest consumer of prescription opioids in the world, and there has been a notable increase in recent years of overdose deaths, emergency room visits and admissions to treatment programs because of opioids (International Narcotics Control Board 2013).
Phil Western, addiction counsellor at TWC, shared his thoughts on the fentanyl crisis earlier this year. Citing a lack of bed availability and funding for struggling addicts as major issues, Phil shares the same views as many professionals in the province working at treatment centres.
Canadians can no longer bury our heads in the sand and idely stand by as those who struggle with mental health and addiction fall prey to this terrible illness. Watch CTV Interview Here
Canada’s Opioid Conference and Summit is being held in Ottawa on November 18 and 19 which will further examine social and health impacts associated with opiate abuse in our nation. The goal of these discussion is to create dialogue around practical solutions for health care providers and professionals in the addiction treatment industry.
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