As an B.C.’s overdose crisis deepens, with more illicit drug deaths already in 2016 than all of last year, Surrey residents packed a community forum to learn about fentanyl.
The presentation, which also discussed online safety, was held at Enver Creek Secondary Schoo;.
Eleventh grade student Alishia Rai says she and her friends are scared of the drug.
“I went to the forum becuase I wanted to learn the dangers of fentanyl. It was a pretty good forum and I think it brought a lot of attention to the community and there were a lot of parents there and I think a lot of parents care about their children so that was good.”
Rai says part of the reason she wanted to learn is everyone keeps talking about the drug.
“I think it’s really deadly and it can really harm somebody in a really bad way so I do think it will make a difference. I think by having this kind of communication with the community, I think we can all can change the lives of youths.
Parents were also told to consider developing strategies when it comes to keeping their kids safe online.
There have already been 555 fatal overdoses in B.C. this year. The city with the most was Vancouver at 110, followed by Surrey at 71.