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City Raises Awareness About Substance Use and Invites the Community to Take Part in the Habit Change Challenge

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April 29, 2014

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey proclaimed May 25 – May 31 as Substance Use Awareness Week during last night’s Council meeting. The week will include a variety of events designed to increase public awareness about signs and symptoms of substance use, and supply resources on how to get help.

“The issue of addictions and substance abuse hits every community across the country,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “I believe it’s important for us to support those in need and it’s important for us to support the parents and loved ones who are seeking help by ensuring that the appropriate resources and programs are made available to them.”

The following events will take place during Substance Use Awareness Week:

• Monday, April 28, a delegation appeared before Surrey Council at the Council in Committee (CIC) meeting to inform Council and residents about the awareness week and to extend an invitation for broader participation in the “Habit Change Challenge”. The goal of the challenge is to have individuals reflect upon how their chosen habit either positively or negatively affects the various aspects of their life. More information about the challenge can be found at www.surrey.ca/habitchange;

• A Substance Use Awareness Week event tool kit with fact sheets has been created for distribution to the public and partners to address common Substance Use topics. The “Host your Own Event Tool Kit” encourages agencies, businesses, families and groups in the community to design their own Substance Use Awareness Week events;

• From Sunday, May 25 to Saturday May 31, 2014 the fact sheets will be posted daily on the City of Surrey’s Crime Reduction Strategy website http://www.surrey.ca/community/10106.aspx, distributed through the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as through partner agencies;

• An information booth will be set up at Central City Mall on May 29, 2014, from 3:00pm and 6:00pm to provide information to the public.

The City of Surrey’s fourth annual Substance Use Awareness week is a partnership between the City of Surrey, Alcohol and Drug Education Services, the B.C. Responsible and Problem Gambling Program, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, the Fraser Health Authority, KEYS: Housing and Health Solutions, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, OPTIONS Community Services Society, Pacific Community Resources Society, Servants Anonymous Society, Sources Community Resources Society, Surrey RCMP and the Surrey School District.

For more information, please visit: http://www.surrey.ca/community/10106.aspx.

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For media inquiries:
Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor, City of Surrey
604.375.4584

For program information:
Jacki Tokaryk
Community Safety Coordinator
Crime Reduction Strategy Office
604.591.4492
jtokaryk@surrey.ca