BURLINGTON – [MAY 27, 2019] – Faithful Canadians are being urged by Crossroads to learn, pray and take action on the nation’s mounting opioid crisis and collaborate on God-sized solutions. With more than 10,300 deaths in less than two years across the country, opioid overdoses are quickly becoming the leading cause of death of among Canadian men ages 30-39, devastating families and communities. Crossroads advocates that the growing number of opioid overdoses has become a Canadian public health emergency that must be thoughtfully and intentionally addressed by faith communities. As a response, they are hosting Canada Cares: Getting Connected on the Opioid Crisis – a free in-studio and livestream event on June 18, 2019.
Canada Cares will be hosted by Lorna Dueck, CEO of Crossroads, YES TV and Context: Beyond the Headlines with special guest Stewart Cameron, Recovery Advocate. Participants are invited to join in an evening of education, compassion and prayer as they commit to a deeper understanding of God’s heart for this crisis in our nation. Guests will hear stories from families and individuals who have been personally impacted by the growing opioid crisis and learn from those on the frontlines providing care.
“The opioid crisis in our country and those who work in it requires prayer and action from Canada’s faith community,” explains Lorna Dueck, CEO, Crossroads and YES TV. “It’s our hope that this event will unite our nation as we gather to learn, pray and lean into God’s wisdom. Ministry leaders, churches and individuals will be equipped with information, stories and resources to help bring about God-sized solutions for this crisis.”
Canada Cares: Getting Connected on the Opioid Crisis
In-studio: Crossroads Studio, 1295 North Service Road, Burlington, Ontario
The event at the Crossroads Studio in Burlington, Ontario is free to attend. Groups outside of the area are encouraged to host private screenings at their churches or homes by live-streaming on Castle. A Leader’s Kit containing promotional materials to host a satellite event is available at www.canada-cares.ca
“We encourage you to share this experience with your circle by hosting a streaming event for your family or friends who need to get connected on this important issue,” said Stewart Cameron. “I lost my best friend, Daniel, to this crisis – I know that your response to this initiative really could save a life.”