How did we get here? Chinook Arch Library Board's Opioid Sessions - Rural Community Opioid Outreach Program - in October.

September 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce our support for the Rural Community Opioid Outreach Program, which will begin in various rural communities, starting September 12th in Picture Butte and concluding in Taber on October 11th.

These sessions are open to everyone.

This is an ARCHES presentation, developed from multiple sources and will cover:

  • Drug classification (with a focus on differentiating between stimulants vs. depressants and describing what Opioids are),

  • Overdose prevention and recognition

  • Opioid treatment options (with a focus on Opioid Agonist Therapies)

  • A brief explanation of substance use disorders (physiologically and psychologically).

Following the general presentation there will be an opportunity for those who are interested to stay longer and receive THN training and be distributed a kit. Lists of Addictions and Mental Health resources that currently exist in the various rural communities will be shared during the presentations, in order to provide some specific options for people who may require support. 

The remaining Sessions are as follows: (attached social media posters are also available below)

·  October 2:          Raymond (7:00-8:00)
·  October 3:          Pincher Creek (6:30-7:30)
·  October 11:        Taber (7:00-8:00)

The presenter for these sessions is Jill Manning.
Jill was born and raised in Camrose, AB and first came to Southern Alberta in 2003 to attend the University of Lethbridge. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and has been working in the human services field for the past 13 years, in a variety of positions ranging from disability services, youth, domestic violence, and addictions. Jill highly values community involvement and has been an active Rotarian for the past decade, serving as the 2017-2018 President of the Rotary Club of Lethbridge Urban Spirits. Jill is currently the Managing Director of ARCHES (AIDS Outreach Community Harm Reduction Education Support) Society and has been with the agency for three years.

Feel free to download and share the attached pdf poster, ensuring urgently-needed information is provided to rural communities and surrounding areas.