Event Oct. 27 fo­cuses on opi­oid cri­sis

The Expositor (Brantford) - - NEWS -

An ad­dic­tion sup­port group is or­ga­niz­ing a com­mu­nity event called Fen­tanyl – The Opi­oid Cri­sis on Your Street on Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cob­ble­stone Com­mon on Grand River Street North in Paris. “We are aware from word on the street that fen­tanyl is in our town and I want to be proac­tive in bring­ing to­gether all the re­sources we have to fight it,” said Deb­bie Mc­Gre­gor, co-founder of COPE Sup­port for Fam­i­lies of Ad­dic­tion, which is cen­tred in Paris. “Knowl­edge is our first line of de­fence.” Fen­tanyl, a pow­er­ful opi­oid painkiller, has been linked to a spoke in over­dose deaths. The Brant County Health Unit will have two nurses train­ing those at the Oct. 27 event on the use of nalox­one kits, which are used to tem­po­rar­ily re­verse the ef­fects of an opi­oid over­dose. Ev­ery per­son trained will get a kit to take home. “Ad­dicts and their fam­i­lies must have kits,” said Mc­Gre­gor. Other or­ga­ni­za­tions at the event will in­clude the Cana­dian Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion and Brant County OPP. Ther­a­pist Raven Wilkins will demon­strate art tech­niques in treat­ing addictions. For more in­for­ma­tion, email Mc­Gre­gor at mc­gre­gordeb­bie55@gmail.com.

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