The 2nd Annual Drug Awareness Walk – Against Crystal Meth and Fentanyl took place Friday in Regina.
The drug awareness walk was organized by Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services (RTSIS) and Regina Police.
Organizers say drug addiction has become an epidemic in the city and continues to plague communities across the country.
Regina Police Service Deputy Chief Lorilee Davies presented alarming statistics, saying this year is on track to be the deadliest year yet for overdoses.
“It’s very disturbing because these are community members who are no longer here with us,” Davies said. “The effect, the grief and the trauma on the families left behind is so devastating. »
The walk started at Gra*sick Playground through Albert, 5th Avenue to Elphinstone and then returned to the park.
Organizers say the goal is to continue to raise awareness, provide support and offer hope to people.
According to Davies, this march is important and it shows that the city cares about its community.
“Addiction can be very lonely and isolating, so for a community to come together to raise awareness, offer resources and support, it’s a good sign that the community cares,” Davies said.
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Participants marched for more than 40 minutes, led by a local drum group and a Regina police escort.