AARC Director of Education and Research, Dr. Jackie Smith; Liberal Leader, Dr. David Swann; AARC graduate, Lexi Hahn.

AARC Director of Community Education and Research, Dr. Jackie Smith; Liberal Leader, Dr. David Swann; AARC graduate, Lexi Hahn.

Expert panelists came together on the evening of October 6th, to discuss Alberta’s opioid crisis.

Dr. Smith and AARC graduate, Lexi Hahn, participated as panelists at the Town Hall Meeting hosted by Liberal Leader, Dr. David Swann. Lexi shared a powerful personal story of how AARC successfully treated her addiction and mental health issues.

“My addiction was blocking me from becoming (mentally) healthy and when my addiction was dealt with first through AARC, only then was I able to focus on my mental health and successfully recover in both of those areas,” said Lexi. “I wouldn’t have one without the other.”

Even though a variety of possible solutions were discussed, all panelists came to the same conclusion; there is a great need for more addiction and mental health funding and resources in Alberta.

Video coverage of the meeting can be viewed online here.