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April 20, 2017

The fentanyl crisis will be the hot topic at a community discussion May 1 in New Westminster.

New Westminster’s Medical Health Officer Dr. Lisa Mu, Const. Tim Callaghan with the New Westminster Police Department and clinical specialist Mark Goheen, with Fraser Health Authority’s Mental Health and Substance Use Services, are the speakers.

Const. Callaghan and Goheen will lead sessions focusing on practical ways parents can guide their children away from drug use. Dr. Mu will provide an update on the current fentanyl crisis.. As well, a local youth will share her experiences with drug addiction and recovery.

Between January and February of this year there were 227 drug overdose deaths in B.C., according to the B.C. Coroners Service. In the case of 139 (61%) of those overdose deaths, fentanyl was detected in the illicit drug that was used.

During the same time last year, there were 73 fentanyl-detected overdose deaths.

The community discussion will be held at 7-9 p.m. on Monday, May 1 at Fraser River Middle School (800 Queens Avenue) in New Westminster.