Several local organizations are coming together to host an information session about the current drug trends in Moose Jaw, including the Moose Jaw Crystal Meth Strategy Committee, the Moose Jaw Police Service, and Medavie Health Services West.

These groups are also partnering with the Moose Jaw Public Library, host of the event on Monday.

The event will cover topics like what you can do to prevent or respond to drug use, first-hand experience from first responders and the different recreational drugs used in the city.

Staff Sergeant, Taylor Elder, says recognizing drug use early on is important.

"I think it's important for parents and teachers to be aware of the signs, so that way you can get in front of the issue before it becomes an issue," says Elder.

He says hard drugs can easily become a slippery slope, but if you are struggling with addiction and drug use, there are places to turn to.

"We have a lot of good resources right in Moose Jaw, the police are always a good resource including our PACT (Police and Crisis Team) unit."

He says recognizing early signs is important in preventing use and continued use. 

"Parents and teachers should be aware of early signs to get in front of the issue."

Attitude change, paraphernalia associated with drugs and loss of interest in school and sport could be signs of drug use. 

Every officer in Moose Jaw has Naloxone training and is issued Naloxone.

Saskatchewan has a Take Home Naloxone Program, with different sites across the province to provide residents with free training and a free Take Home Naloxone kit if you are at risk of an overdose or know someone who is. 

You can find out more about this program here.

The session starts at 7:00 pm, masking will be mandatory and proof of immunization is required. 

This event is free to attend but is limited to 60 seats.


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