Media Advisory: Ontario’s Police Chiefs and Community Partners to Unveil New Resources to Help Prevent Fentanyl-related Deaths

Media Advisory: Ontario’s Police Chiefs and Community Partners to Unveil New Resources to Help Prevent Fentanyl-related Deaths

by ahnationtalk on March 21, 2016281 Views

For Immediate Release: March 21, 2016

(Toronto, ON) – The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) will be joined by public health officials, community partners, students, and parents tomorrow at a news conference to unveil new resources designed to draw public attention to the growing crisis of Fentanyl abuse. Hundreds of deaths in Ontario over the past five years have involved the use and/or abuse of Fentanyl, an extremely potent synthetic opioid or painkiller.

Medical emergencies and deaths resulting from Fentanyl, which is 100 times more potent than morphine and 40 times more potent than heroin, are increasingly being reported to law enforcement and health care professionals across Ontario.

Date:                Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Location:          Humber College Lakeshore Campus, L Building 21 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Toronto, ON

Time: 10:00 am

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Chief Jeff McGuire

Niagara Regional Police Service and

President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

  • Chief Mark Saunders

Toronto Police Service

  • Councillor Joe Cressy

Chair, Toronto Drug Strategy

  • Wanda Buote

Principal, Lakeshore Campus, Humber College

  • Sherrie Dolks

Mother of a victim of Fentanyl

Family members of Fentanyl abuse victims, substance abuse experts and representatives from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, municipal services, and students from Humber College’s AdCentre will be in attendance.

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NT4

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