Event Oct. 27 focuses on opioid crisis
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 email@example.com.