There are addicts in Parksville Qualicum Beach that are ready for treatment, but too many are being turned away.

That was the message from Kelly, a recovering addict and an advocate who organized a speaking event Nov. 30 at the Parksville Community Centre. (She did not want to give her last name).

Kelly and the other speakers in attendance are proof that treatment works, she said.

“If it can work for me it can work for them.”

But instead of getting treatment when they are ready, addicts, people she knows in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area, are dying.