Learn to protect yourself and others from the threat of fentanyl

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The City of Leduc and Leduc Community Drug Action Committee are hosting a fentanyl information session and resource fair at the Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 19. Local opioid experts will be on hand to educate attendees about the dangers of the drug and how best to protect themselves and others from harm.

“As the provincial opioid crisis continues, we are taking proactive measures to minimize the impact of fentanyl and other opioids on our community,” says Donna Brock, director of Leduc Family and Community Support Services.  “Helping people understand how to keep themselves and those around them safe from the potentially deadly effects of fentanyl is a crucial step in our efforts to reduce harm for Leduc residents.”

The event will include presentations from Corporal Brad McIntosh, RCMP ‘K’ Division Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team, and Dr. Martin Davies, Teaching Associate Professor with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta.  Topics discussed will include how and why fentanyl is produced, its history in Canada, and what makes it more dangerous than traditional opioids.

“This will be the second fentanyl information session we’ve hosted this year,” says Brock.  “There was significant interest for the previous session we held in May, and we want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to get all the information they need.  To that end, we will also host a resource fair that evening featuring Alberta Health Services’ Mental Health and Addictions Prevention unit, Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) Society, and local pharmacist Thomas Keller who will answer questions regarding how to access and use Naloxone to treat overdoses.”

Doors for the resource fair will open at 6 o’clock, and the presentations will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Tickets to the event are free and light refreshments will be provided.  Anyone interested in attending the session can register at www.leduc.ca/fentanyl.

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Natalie Lang, Corporate Communications