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National​ ​Substance​ ​Use​ ​Awareness​ ​Week

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Please​ ​join​ ​us​ ​in​ ​spreading​ ​the​ ​word​ ​about National​ ​Substance​ ​Use​ ​Awareness​ ​Week which runs from November 12-18.

National​ ​Addictions​ ​Awareness​ ​Week​ ​is​ ​an​ ​event​ ​held​ ​in​ ​November​ ​each​ ​year​ ​and​ ​highlights issues​ ​and​ ​solutions​ ​to​ ​help​ ​address​ ​alcohol​ ​and​ ​other​ ​drug-related​ ​harm.​ ​This​ ​year, ​we’re changing​ ​the​ ​conversation by switching the focus from the stigma of addiction to a discussion on substance use.​ ​We​ ​know​ ​that​ ​many​ ​of​ ​the​ ​harms​ ​associated​ ​with​ ​substance​ ​use are​ because ​of negative judgements, discrimination​ ​and​ ​criminalization.​ ​Many of us have people in our lives (including ourselves) who use drugs or alcohol. Rather​ ​than​ ​focus​ ​on addiction​ ​and​ ​harms,​ ​we​ ​want​ ​to​ ​show our love to ​people​ ​who​ ​use​ ​drugs. Let’s​ ​highlight​ ​what​ ​they​ ​are doing​ ​to​ ​reduce​ ​harms,​ ​keeping​ ​themselves​ ​and​ ​their​ ​communities​ ​safe,​ ​and​ ​reduce​ ​stigma.

There​ ​are​ ​several​ ​ways​ ​you​ ​can​ ​participate!​ ​Share​ ​posts​ ​on​ ​social​ ​media,​ ​participate​ ​or share​ ​the​ ​“I​ ​​♥​​ ​Someone​ ​Who​ ​Uses​ ​Drugs”​ ​campaign​ ​or​ ​plan​ ​an​ ​event​ ​of​ ​your​ ​very​ ​own!​ ​Check out the Manitoba Harm Reduction Network for local events and information on how to get involved.

 

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