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As part of Addiction Awareness Week, which took place in Québec from November 20 to 26, 2011, Portage stressed the importance of substance abuse treatment and prevention to the media and to Québec’s elected officials. It also publicised a study, conducted free of charge by SECOR, which outlined the significant savings which could be achieved by the government of Québec through substance abuse prevention and treatment.

Participants and graduates helped Portage relay the message to the media, by talking about their experiences with drugs and about how Portage has helped them take back control of their lives. Click on the link below to listen to Raphaël’s interview, a former Portage Saint Malachie resident (in French): « Maurais inspiration: ex-toxicomane à 18 ans ».

Two elected officials marked Addiction Awareness Week by making statements before the House of Commons and the National Assembly, congratulating Portage on its contribution to the well-being of society.

Click on the links below to watch their statements (both in French):
Agnès Maltais, MNA for Taschereau

Jacques Gourde, MP for Lotbinière-Chutes-de-la-Chaudière

On the day that she made her declaration, Mme Maltais took the opportunity to invite participants and staff members from Portage’s external rehabilitation centre in Québec City to attend the question period and visit the Québec’s National Assembly. Participants greatly enjoyed this experience and really appreciated Mme Maltais declaration. She intends to invite groups from Portage to visit the National Assembly on a more regular basis.

To read the news release and the Open Letter that were published by the media, please click on the appropriate link:
News release: Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment: $1.9 billion in savings at Québec’s fingertips
Open Letter: Investing in substance abuse prevention and treatment in Québec

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