Educating the public on the dangers of opioids and putting them in touch with agencies dealing with the crisis are two of the focuses of a Community Fentanyl Forum set for this evening.
The free event begins at 7 pm in the Bowes Family Gardens at Revolution Place.
Nicky Lucas with Moms Stop the Harm is one of the presenters.
She says they will have updated figures of just how serious the situation is.
“The numbers are escalating. The problem is getting worse. There will be more information of how Fentanyl is now being on the street. That has changed. The fact that 80 percent of all drugs are laced with Fentanyl now.”
Lucas lost her son to a Fentanyl overdose in 2016 and will be one of several presenters who has lived through the Opioid crisis first hand.
“People are going to see that these people are not what we see in the media. They are people who are working in the community, who are just regular everyday people. They could be your neighbour.”
“They are bringing humanity to the problem.”
There will also be an outreach nurse from HIV North that will have information on Naloxone kits, which are used to help individuals recover from Fentanyl overdoses.