Opioid Awareness Night takes place this evening in Thorsby

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Opioid Awareness and Education Night in Thorsby

The County of Leduc is raising awareness on an issue that's become an epidemic across Canada.

Tonight from 5:30-7: 00 pm the Thorsby Fire Hall will play host to an Opioid Awareness and Education Night to learn more about how opioids work in the body plus the signs and symptoms of an overdose.

Sara Russell is the Manager of Community Support Services in Leduc County and tells The One News how bad the crisis has gotten over the years.

"Sadly more than 9,000 Canadians have lost their lives between January 2016 and June 2018 to opioid-related overdoses and this includes many from the Leduc region," says Russell.

Russell says since 2016 there have been 18 confirmed deaths in the County as the result of an opioid overdose.

Everyone who comes out to tonight's event will learn about how naloxone can counteract an overdose and you'll also a free kit with the life-saving drug.

To register for tonight's session you can call Sara at 780-955-6424 or email- sara@leduc-county.com.  (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)

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