Addiction matters

In the midst of the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic and stigma related to substance use in our community, a group of partner organizations works together to build bridges, encourage dialogue and reduce stigma.

The Addiction Matters Kamloops Coalition is made up of 18 partner organizations and groups working within the City of Kamloops on projects focused on fostering community understanding and encouraging awareness, empathy and inclusion for people, family and friends who are affected by substance use.

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Last September, The Addiction Matters Kamloops Coalition partnered with the Kamloops Arts Council and Exposure Photography to offer people and families with lived experience of substance use an opportunity to share their personal experience of substance use and stigma through photos; helping others begin to see the world through their eyes.

The final project was open to the public in a gala that was attended by almost 300 people.

In response to the overwhelmingly positive response to the project and requests to continue this work, the Addiction Matters Kamloops coalition is now looking ahead to new opportunities and ways to engage the community using the PhotoVoice project as a tool to increase understanding and compassion.

Stay tuned for new community events hosted by the Addiction Matters Coalition.

For more information about the Addiction Matters Kamloops coalition, contact Jessica Mensinger at or follow us on Facebook.

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