Last Saturday the COAT (Community Opioid Action Team) hosted an awareness day located at the Dawson Creek Mall.
In attendance were extremely friendly and easy to talk to COAT members Heather Pattison, Martha Funk, Kharley Toews, and Tearesa Simmonds.
COAT was established approximately 2 and a half years ago by a coalition of concerned community members of Dawson Creek. Many of the COAT members are involved in other public supporting agencies bringing their expertise to the table, but also bridging the gaps between agencies all for the common goal to save lives and prevent further harm from substance abuse.
At the awareness booth were stations for the public to participate in creating a artistic flag of memory either for themselves or someone affected by substance abuse which will individually be attached to the long growing chain made by previous Peace Region participants.
Educational materials, Naloxone injection demonstrations, and refreshments were also provided.
Naloxone (naloxone hydrochloride) is an antidote drug used in first aid treatment that can help restore breathing during an opioid overdose.
For further resources that COAT can provide please review their facebook page: communityopioidactionteam.