OTTAWA – A west-end organization focused on helping local teens battle drug addiction is holding an opioid crisis forum in Kanata.
On Thursday night, ‘We the Parents‘ is inviting the community to take part in an open discussion on how the city can best help teenagers who are in the thick of the country’s opioid crisis.
“The crisis is affecting everyone,” says founder Sean O’Leary, “But how you deal with different segments of the population has to be different.”
O’Leary says while much of the conversation about the crisis has been focused on supervised injection services, with three minors getting charged for possession of heroin in Kanata over the Thanksgiving weekend, a strong focus also needs to be put on treatment services.
That’s why as part of the forum on Thursday, the organization will announce the beginning of their own Smart Recovery Meetings for youth, which they’re running in conjunction with some pro-social activities.
They’ll also announce an app they’ve been working on with a local tech company, which can help users who are going through recovery.
“You can’t have harm reduction without treatment,” says O’Leary, “They go hand in hand, and it seems that our city has forgotten that.”
A handful of councillors are expected to attend Thursday’s forum at the Kanata Recreation Complex, including Senator and former Police Chief Vern White.
Details can be found here.