With files from Shelby Thom
The City of Maple Ridge will be hosting a community ‘fentanyl forum’ at Westview Secondary School.
It will take place next Wednesday, October 5th, from 7 to 8:30 PM.
It’s been organized by Fraser Health, School District 42, the City of Maple Ridge, and Alouette Addictions, in tandem with the Ridge Meadows RCMP.
There will be presentations, and a q-and-a session with the presenting agencies.
This event comes as B.C. faces an unprecedented number of overdose deaths this year.
A number of them have involved fentanyl.
Naloxone in secondary schools
Meanwhile a Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school trustee is calling for naloxone kits in secondary schools.
Susan Carr says it’s a harm reduction measure, as some students are coming to school high.
“I think it is warranted, I think everybody knows there are drugs in schools, I mean not just here, it’s everywhere. It’s going on. Kids are getting a hold of stuff, and it is happening.”
Carr is also helping to organize a “fentanyl forum.”
But the School District says they have no plans of putting such kits in schools.
Irena Pochop says such a decision would probably have to come from the Ministry of Health or Education, saying that such implementation would have to come with clear guidelines and training.