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Portage Atlantic has been hitting the highway, visiting communities in Atlantic Canada to raise awareness about the program and services offered at the Cassidy Lake drug rehabilitation centre.

On February 21st, a Portage staff member and a Cassidy Lake graduate made a presentation to the Bathurst Rotary Club to speak about the realities of drug abuse and treatment options for youth in the region. Audience members listened with keen interest as a Cassidy Lake graduate spoke about her struggle with drug addiction and described the transformation she underwent during her program.

Portage staff also traveled to North Rustico, PEI on March 22nd to raise awareness about Portage Atlantic. They were well received by a group of local Lions Club members and other members of the community. Attendees were deeply moved by the personal experiences shared by a local youth in her final phase of treatment at Cassidy Lake, and expressed their solid support for her courageous journey.

The 7th in the ongoing series of Community Breakfasts took place on April 14th in Amherst, Nova Scotia and was well attended by regional addiction services and health care providers, RCMP Officers, government officials, local police, school representatives, youth groups, and other members of the community.

Portage Atlantic has two more upcoming Community Breakfasts planned in Charlottetown, PEI on May 12th and in Caraquet, New Brunswick in June. For more information on either of these upcoming breakfasts contact Carol Tracey at (506) 459-1284 or ctracey@portage.ca

These Community Breakfasts and community presentations help Portage Atlantic to raise awareness about the Cassidy Lake treatment centre and build relationships throughout the Atlantic region. Portage Atlantic would like to thank the communities of Bathurst, North Rustico, and Amherst for their warm welcome and looks forward to reaching out to more regions in the near future.

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