Brieanna Charlebois

Relapses are an initial common occurrence in the substance abuse treatment process. (Contributed)

Part five: The opioid crisis and the North Okanagan

Combatting the stigma surrounding the opioid crisis

Relapses are an initial common occurrence in the substance abuse treatment process. (Contributed)
Interior Health likely to begin operating overdose prevention site in Vernon by end of 2019. (File Photo)

Part four: The opioid crisis and the B.C. Interior

Services and shortcomings

Interior Health likely to begin operating overdose prevention site in Vernon by end of 2019. (File Photo)
As part of the province’s strategy to combat the opioid overdose crisis, take-home naloxone kits have been distributed throughout the province. (Courtesy of Gaëlle Nicolussi)

Services offered to combat Okanagan’s opioid crisis

Part three: The opioid crisis and the B.C. Interior

As part of the province’s strategy to combat the opioid overdose crisis, take-home naloxone kits have been distributed throughout the province. (Courtesy of Gaëlle Nicolussi)
In 2018 a total of 20 people died due to drug overdoses in Vernon and a reported seven people have died in 2019 as of June 1. (AP File Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Overdoses overwhelming in B.C. Interior

Part two: Who’s affected by the current opioid crisis

In 2018 a total of 20 people died due to drug overdoses in Vernon and a reported seven people have died in 2019 as of June 1. (AP File Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Stories from the wall: Michelle Loughery. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)

When walls talk: Vernon murals see generation II

“This new movement, an app, will bring the strength of some of those same Vernon visionaries together again into a newdigital form”

Stories from the wall: Michelle Loughery. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)
Addiction. (Stock photo)

Part One: The opioid crisis and the B.C. Interior

A personal connection to the crisis: Recovering addicts share their story

Addiction. (Stock photo)
Event organizer Savrio Loria and Vernon’s Unity MMA head coach Raja Kler both said they are excited to host Vernon’s first MMA event in a decade. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)

Mixed Martial Arts back in the Okanagan ring

Aptly titled XFC “Unbanned”, 22 fights are scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 24

Event organizer Savrio Loria and Vernon’s Unity MMA head coach Raja Kler both said they are excited to host Vernon’s first MMA event in a decade. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)
Vernon woman hung a red dress in her door Mary 5 as part of National MMIWG Day of Awareness. (Contributed)

B.C. woman’s ‘Red Dress’ for missing, murdered Indigenous woman interrupts mail delivery

Wendy Chambers received a note that said the red dress hanging in her door was impeding Canada Post delivery

Vernon woman hung a red dress in her door Mary 5 as part of National MMIWG Day of Awareness. (Contributed)
The Tams traded in a chaotic life in Las Vegas for an off-grid home in Lumby. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)

Former circus performer goes “off grid” near Vernon

Barefoot Sanctuary is an off-grid circus arts and yoga centre located in Lumby

The Tams traded in a chaotic life in Las Vegas for an off-grid home in Lumby. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)
Stephen Witvoet is facing 14 counts of sexual assault. (Contributed)

College places additional conditions on Vernon physiotherapist accused of sexual assault

Stephen Witvoet’s matters are currently before the courts

Stephen Witvoet is facing 14 counts of sexual assault. (Contributed)
Popular Vernon wading pool remains closed as of Wednesday, July 3. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)

Popular Vernon wading pool remains closed after vandalism

Lakeview Park Wading Pool was set to open Friday, June 28 but is now expected to open Saturday, July 6 at 10 a.m.

Popular Vernon wading pool remains closed as of Wednesday, July 3. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)
Stephen Witvoet is facing 14 counts of sexual assault. (Contributed)

Okanagan physiotherapist accused of sexual assault facing new charges

Stephen Witvoet is now accused of assaulting 14 people between 2009 and 2016

Stephen Witvoet is facing 14 counts of sexual assault. (Contributed)
SilverStar Mountain Resort gets a white surprise June 20, the day before biking season gets into gear. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)

Rookie rider railed by snow

SilverStar Mountain Resort is now open for the summer season, despite recent snowfall

SilverStar Mountain Resort gets a white surprise June 20, the day before biking season gets into gear. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)
Mehgan Parrotta, 28, was two years clean from heroin before a fatal relapse claimed her life. (Submitted Photo)

Fatal overdose of daughter in Vernon prompts mom to help others

Sandra Welton’s daughter, Mehgan Parrotta, died of an overdose on Thursday, May 30 in Vernon

Mehgan Parrotta, 28, was two years clean from heroin before a fatal relapse claimed her life. (Submitted Photo)
Paul Murray, Kathy Murray, Brenda Tonasket, Patti Lippertand Betty Dolinski protested at the courthouse Thursday. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)

Protestors rally for pets at Vernon courthouse

Rally outside while Carla Christman and her daughter Chelsea Christman-Beluse inside

Paul Murray, Kathy Murray, Brenda Tonasket, Patti Lippertand Betty Dolinski protested at the courthouse Thursday. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)
Even pets are active in Enderby, such as Cole on an Enderby Cliffs hike. (Rob Marshall photo)

North Okanagan city named Canada’s most active community

The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge to award city with $150,000

Even pets are active in Enderby, such as Cole on an Enderby Cliffs hike. (Rob Marshall photo)
Vernon courthouse. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)

Former Vernon Judo coach pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Bryan Jeffrey McLachlan is set to return to court Sept. 4 for sentencing

Vernon courthouse. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)
Elmaz Wilder, owner of Ritual Barbershop in Vernon, is challenging other local businesses to display pride this month. (Contributed)

Okanagan businessowner challenges community to display Pride

“A huge reason why I made this challenge for other business was to offer LGBTQ+ community a safe place to eat, chat, shop, and get your haircut”

Elmaz Wilder, owner of Ritual Barbershop in Vernon, is challenging other local businesses to display pride this month. (Contributed)
National Indigenous Day took place June 21. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)

Okanagan Indian Band celebrates National Indigenous Day

As part of the celebrations, about 30 paddlers took a canoe journey from Kin Beach to Komasket Park

National Indigenous Day took place June 21. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)
Lina Augaitis wins technical and distance races at second event of SUP B.C. Series in Tofino, B.C. (Contributed - Andrew Dye Photography)

Okanagan paddleboarder continues winning streak

Lina Augaitis will be representing Canada at the Pan America Games next month

Lina Augaitis wins technical and distance races at second event of SUP B.C. Series in Tofino, B.C. (Contributed - Andrew Dye Photography)