Fentanyl use in Alberta is one of the biggest concerns of police forces and emergency medical personnel.
Dealing with new and dangerous drugs like Fentanyl is the topic of an information seminar coming to Drumheller in April.
"It's incredibly powerful stuff, even in tiny doses," warned Drumheller's FCSS coordinator, April Harrison, who is partnering with the Turning Point Society of Central Alberta. "We're going to discuss how to prevent overdose, how to identify and respond to overdose, including information on Naloxone and how to use it."
"If someone is having an overdose from opioids like Fentanyl then Naloxone can save a life," she continued. "Having information about where you can get a kit, which you'll be able to get at that event, how to use them and to overcome concerns that people might have about injecting someone with something."
Nearly 150 overdose deaths with the opioid drug were reported in the province last year, a 33 per cent increase over 2015.
"The day is the 19th of April; it's right after the inter-agency meeting, from 12:00 to 1:00 (p.m.), that's the Lunch and Learn, and then that same day from 6:00 to 7:30 (p.m.). Both of them will be at the BCF upstairs," reported Harrison. "It would be great if people can let us know they're coming: they can call me (403-823-1315), but if the day comes and you decide 'actually, I can go to that,' just turn up."
To learn more about Drumheller Family and Community Support Services follow this link.