From TREENA MIELKE
Tricia Peden and Keira VanderVliet, speakers TURNING POINT, agency for harm reduction-based Red Deer, gave an informative presentation and & # 39; concerns about drugs, focusing on fentanyl and opiojde crisis.
The presentation was held at the United Church Rimbey, after supper poverty sponsored by the chapter of Rimbey & # 39; Amnesty International on Sun. 18 & # 39; November and about 25 people attended.
VanderVliet, which came to an extensive drug use before making the choice to turn his life and help others, said that drug use affects families and communities.
"Absolutely, it's in the yard of your back."
Fentanyl, medicine became popular in the 90s for use in palliative care, is now cheap, readily available and a hundred times more b & # 39; robust than morphine or heroin, the presenters stated.
They noted that it only takes a grain of & # 39; fentanyl to achieve high user and two grains can be enough to cause an overdose.
Signs of & # 39; overdose include slow breathing, erratic, limplu body, pale skin and brown and blue nails, lips and tongue. The choking or upset, vomiting and response to stimulus & # 39; pain are other signs.
Anyone who encroaches on a person you & # 39; is suffering from an overdose should call 911, stay & # 39; calm, provide rescue breathing and administer Naloxone if available, said the presenters.
Do not throw the person into a cold shower, they warned.
Naloxone kits, which are free and can quickly restore the effects of & # 39; overdose of opioids such as fentanyl, were available to those attending.
People use a number of substances & # 39; reasons. These can include feeling good, because boredom, as a means of & # 39; awtoċikar, and / or to escape family and mental health issues.
B & # 39; compliance with the philosophy of the Turning Points to help those with drug-related problems, and are among free invisible ones home, set up boxes for gloves gently used, heavy socks, scarves and coats were set at & # 39; Rammbey Library and Neighborhood Place. These items will be provided to TURNING POINT and will be distributed to people in the streets of agency workers for harm reduction.