Fentanyl Awareness – General Public Meetings (Free Event)
An open invitation is extended to all members of Oxford County and elsewhere to attend public presentations on the dangers of illicit or “bootleg” fentanyl. The presentations will be held on:
Tuesday May 9th at 1:30 PM and 6:30 PM
895 Ridgewood Drive, Woodstock, ON
The forum is all about coming together as a community to share information and awareness and to provide community resources.
What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl (prescribed in patch form) is an opioid that is much more potent than other opioids, such as heroin, morphine, methadone, or codeine. Illicit or “bootleg” fentanyl is a powdered form of Fentanyl with 100% purity that is typically pressed into pills and sold on the street. Carfentanil is an opioid used to sedate large animals and is 100 times more potent than fentanyl. Carfentanil has been seized in areas surrounding Oxford County. Amounts as little as 2-4 grains of salt can cause an overdose. It is being mixed into other drugs like heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and also in counterfeit pills that are made to look like other prescription pills (like ‘Oxycontin’ or ‘Percocet’) therefore people may not be aware they are consuming it.
Fentanyl is blamed for overdose deaths across Canada and the United States. Oxford County has not been immune to the arrival and abuse of Fentanyl and its lethal potential. Woodstock Police Service has responded to a number of calls for assistance on opioid overdose and a recent fatal overdose is believed to be the result of illicit fentanyl. A number of investigations have resulted in seizures of substances believed to be illicit fentanyl. Illicit fentanyl is being sold on the streets of Woodstock as heroin and as a substance called “popcorn.”
Presentations from Oxford County Public Health, Addiction Services, Mental Health, an Emergency Physician, a local pharmacy, Police, EMS and Fire will provide valuable information regarding awareness, prevention and education concerning this deadly drug. The presentations will be live cast via the Woodstock Police Service Facebook Page as well the Ontario Provincial Police will live stream the event via their twitter feed for those who cannot attend in person. Several of the community agencies represented will have booths set up to distribute materials and answer questions or provide assistance.
An online awareness campaign supported by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police offers information about short-term fentanyl antidotes at www.facethefentanyl.ca.