Public forum on fentanyl crisis takes place in Abbotsford

Session on Wednesday night at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium

The fentanyl crisis is the subject of a public forum taking place Wednesday evening in Abbotsford.

The fentanyl crisis is the subject of a public forum taking place Wednesday evening in Abbotsford.

A public forum on the fentanyl crisis takes place tomorrow (Wednesday) in Abbotsford.

The session begins at 7 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. It is hosted by the Abbotsford school district, the Abbotsford Police Department and the Abbotsford Police Foundation, all of whom will have speakers at the event.

The central theme of the event will be the fentanyl crisis and the record number of tragic deaths that have resulted from the prevalence of this substance in street drugs.

Currently, many cities in the Lower Mainland are on track to see double the number of fatal overdoses in 2017 compared to 2016 (which was already the highest number ever seen in the province).

The public safety meeting will cover what the police department and school district are doing and how citizens can make a difference and reduce the risk to their children.

The evening will include recognizing the top student entries for the “Youth Making Positive Choices” poster and video contests.

The speakers at the forum also include a member of Fraser Health and an Abbotsford parent who will share how her son’s use of illicit street drugs impacted her family.