Youth to learn about fentanyl crisis at educational workshop

By Jill Sperling
November 12, 2016 - 2:43pm

KAMLOOPS — The Tk'emlups Indian Band and Thompson Rivers University social work students have joined forces to organize a workshop teaching youth about the dangers of fentanyl. 

Dave Manuel is a drug and alcohol worker for the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc. He says youth are uninformed about the current fentanyl crisis in B.C. 

"I think there's a gap in the system," Manuel said. "I think every school should be addressing this issue, meeting it directly." 

Manuel says two members of his own community have lost their lives to fentanyl and it's important to educate youth in order to prevent future fatalities. 

The Become Your Own Superhero event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Chief Louis Centre from 5-7 p.m. Youth ages 12-18 will participate in four workshops. 

"We're using the medicine wheel model," Manuel explained. "One part of the workshop will be mental, one will be spiritual, one will be physical, and one will be emotional."

Students will also witness a Narcan demonstration.

Manuel says he hopes to have 60 youth attend the workshop. Approximately 30 youths had signed up by early Saturday afternoon. 

Anyone wishing to sign up for the event can email [email protected] or call 250-372-5030.

"Hopefully this is not just a one-time event," Manuel said. "Maybe later on we'll do one with the school district, or one at the Boys & Girls Club. It's a model that we think will be very successful."

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