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Starting the Conversation…how do we help Central Okanagan youth struggling with drug abuse?

For Immediate Release | July 17, 2017

Problematic substance use has been an ongoing concern for the youth of our community for decades. In 2016, 319 young people under the age of 29 died of an opioid overdose in BC. The problem is bigger than any one substance, or any specific crisis.

The Bridge Youth & Family Services, with support from the Children & Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Local Action Team, are taking the lead in initiating a dialogue with the Central Okanagan community to discuss how we can best serve young people who are experimenting with or are addicted to drugs.

The Bridge is Starting the Conversation by asking community members to complete a brief survey at and to express their thoughts over social media using #drugchatkelowna .

On September 21st, The Bridge and its partners will Continue the Conversation with an event at the Laurel Packing House. The evening will include information about current services available for youth experiencing problematic substance use in our community, an overview of the community response to the survey, and a panel discussion where guests will have the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns to the community agencies involved. Please join us in continuing the conversation so we can provide youth struggling with addiction the best possible care and support from their home community.

The Bridge Youth & Family Services inspires healthy communities and resilient people through innovation, leadership and collaboration. The Bridge strengthens communities, families and people by offering a constellation of services and programs that reflect our commitment to the incredible potential of all we are honoured to serve. The non-profit organization has been providing counselling, education and support services within the Central Okanagan since 1969.

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