Richmond to host forum on drug overdose epidemic
02 November 2016
In an aim to help community members understand the current opioid overdose epidemic in our region, Richmond Fire-Rescue along with BC Emergency Health Services, Richmond District Parents Association, Richmond RCMP, Richmond School District and Vancouver Coastal Health are partnering to provide a community forum on Wednesday, November 16 from 7 to 8 p.m.
The forum will consist of a 30 minute presentation followed by a question and answer period with the panel of representatives from the mentioned agencies.
“According to Vancouver Coastal Health, over 500 people in the Province of British Columbia have died as a result of drug overdoses since the beginning of 2016,” said Richmond Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Kim Howell. “A majority of these deaths were associated with fentanyl, which is why this forum is so important for Richmond residents to attend.”
“Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid narcotic which is 100 times more toxic than morphine,” explains Corporal Dennis Hwang of Richmond RCMP. “It is a prescription drug primarily used to manage extreme pain.”
According to Vancouver Coastal Health, exceptionally small doses of fentanyl (up to two milligrams, the size of a grain or two of salt) could cause breathing to slow down and may lead to brain injury or even death.
The forum will be held at Richmond Secondary School, in the gymnasium, located at 7171 Minoru Boulevard, on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m.