Health

2008 Addiction Awareness Week - Nov. 17-21 (08/11/12)

NB 1671

Nov. 12, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being invited by Health Minister Michael Murphy to participate in Addiction Awareness Week, Nov. 17-21. The slogan this year is, Helping Communities to be Healthier!

"The 2007 student drug use survey demonstrates that, although New Brunswick drug use among youth has decreased compared to the 2002 survey, we must continue to promote prevention," said Murphy. "The Provincial Health Plan 2008-12 talks of our health-care system evolving to a prevent it, find it and manage approach. This will require focusing more efforts on problems, such as mental health and addictions, while placing much greater emphasis on promoting healthy child and adolescent development."

Community Star Awards will be presented to volunteers who have participated in awareness and prevention in health regions across the province. These volunteers help communities be healthier and safer.

New Brunswickers are encouraged to take part in activities to address the harmful use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs and gambling.

For more information, visit or call the local addiction services centre or visit the Department of Health website, http://www.gnb.ca/health.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Burkhardt, communications, Department of Health, 506-453-2536.

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