AFM News Release
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba Launches Community Forums on Fentanyl and Other Drugs to Increase Awareness, Connect Experts with Youth and Families
With the growing concern about the presence of fentanyl in Manitoba, the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) announced today that it will be hosting a series of community forums across the province to increase awareness and provide information about fentanyl and other drugs for youth and families.
“We know that parents and young people are looking for more information about the facts and dangers of fentanyl and other drugs,” said Ben Fry, CEO, AFM. “That is why we have organized these community forums to give Manitobans more opportunities to get the information they need to know from the experts. Talking about drugs like fentanyl is the best way to keep kids safe.”
The forums will feature presentations by experts from the AFM, as well as from law enforcement, health care, and other community organizations.
“The RCMP is pleased that the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba is teaming with our local detachments to educate the public on the dangers of drugs such as fentanyl,” said Cpl. Scott Hanson, Head of “D” Division’s Synthetic Drug Operations. “Prevention and education play key roles in reducing the risk.”
Community forums will be held in Dauphin on January 11, Brandon on January 12, Portage la Prairie on January 16, Thompson on January 19, Winnipeg on February 8 and 9, and Steinbach on February 16. The AFM is also planning a community forum for Selkirk. Everyone is welcome and the forums will be free to attend.
“We know that one of the best ways to combat the rise of fentanyl is to provide greater public awareness and education,” said Dr. Ginette Poulin, Medical Director, AFM. “These forums are a great way to bring together experts who deal with the realities of fentanyl and other drugs on a daily basis, and answer questions that youth and families have about drugs and the supports that are available. I encourage everyone along with their families and friends to come out and join us as we gather in your communities to discuss and share in this opportunity.”
For more information about AFM’s community forums on fentanyl and other drugs, including dates and locations, visit: http://afm.mb.ca