Matawa to address Prescription Drug Abuse

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JANUARY 20, 2012 – THUNDER BAY, ON: Long Lake #58 First Nation is hosting a Summit on Prescription Drug

Matawa First NationsAbuse/Misuse on January 24-26, 2012 at the First Nation. The nine Chiefs of Matawa First Nations collectively have called for a gathering of leaders, community members, service providers, and government officials to address Prescription Drug Abuse/Misuse (PDA/M). The media is cordially invited to attend the Summit.

The 3-day Summit is titled "Back to Our Roots Gathering II: Our Journey to a Prosperous Tomorrow" and will feature guest speakers reporting on an extensive range of topics including understanding withdrawal symptoms of people using opioids, identifying the long term implications that addiction has on babies, mental and physical effects of prescription drug abuse, community-based medical detoxification programs, and by-law development.

Personal stories from community members struggling with addiction will be shared and there will be presentations from community service providers. A regional strategy to combat prescription drug abuse will be presented on last day of the Summit.

EVENT: Back to Our Roots Gathering II: Our Journey to a Prosperous Tomorrow

DATE: January 24 - 26, 2012 (Agenda Enclosed)

TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Daily)

SPOKESPERSON: Chief Allan Towegishig, Long Lake #58 First Nation

LOCATION: Community Hall, Long Lake #58 First Nation, located approximately 40 km east of

Geraldton, Ontario, and west of the community of Longlac, Ontario.

Matawa First Nations Management (MFNM)is a Tribal Council with nine member Ojibway and Cree First Nations in Northern Ontario. Matawa First Nations Management provides advisory services and program delivery to support its member communities in the areas of administration and finance, health and social services, employment and training,education, communications, technical and environmental services, and economic development.

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