Why is fentanyl in the drug market here? What drugs is fentanyl being found in? Can using naloxone on someone who didn’t have an overdose damage them at all? These were some of the great questions from the at-capacity crowd at the forum on fentanyl on the North Shore November 23.
The forum was set up to inform parents and youth about how to recognize an overdose, how to prevent overdoses, and health and support services available on the North Shore.
- In 2016 1% of overdose deaths in BC were youth aged 19 years or younger
- North Shore/Coast Garibaldi has the second lowest overdose mortality rate in all of BC towns/cities
- As of September there have been 5 overdose deaths on the North Shore
Many overdoses occur in private residences. As such, free take-home naloxone kits, which can reverse an overdose, are available for people at risk of overdose at these locations on the North Shore:
- Lions Gate Hospital Emergency Department
- Health Connections Clinic
- Central Community Health Care Centre
Locations where the kits are available outside of the North Shore are on a map at www.vch.ca/overdose
The West Vancouver Police Department, North Vancouver RCMP, North and West Vancouver municipal governments and school districts, and VCH hosted a fentanyl forum.