Tricia Peden and Keira VanderVliet, spokespersons at the Red Deer-based Reding agency, Turning Point, gave an informative and desperate drug presentation focusing on fentanyl and the opioid crisis.
The presentation took place in the Rimbey United Church, following a poverty dinner sponsored by Rimby's head at Amnesty International in the sun. 18 November and about 25 people attended.
Vander Vilit, who acknowledged the widespread use of drugs before making the choice to change his life and help others, said that drug use affects families and communities.
– Absolutely, this is in the backyard.
Fentanyl, a drug that became popular in the 1990s for use in palliative care, is now cheap, readily available, and a hundred times stronger than morphine or heroin, the researchers said.
They note that it takes only one berry of fentanyl to get a high user and two grains can be enough to cause overdosage.
Signs of overdose include slow, inconsistent breathing, weak body, pale and sticky skin, blue nails, lips and tongue. Noise or gurgling, vomiting and unresponsiveness to painful stimuli are other signs.
Anyone who comes to a person who may be overweight should call 911, stay calm, provide life-saving breathing, and apply naloxone, if any, said the lead.
Do not throw your face in a cold shower, they warn you.
The naloxone kits, which are free and can quickly reverse the effect of opioid overdose such as fentanyl, are available to those who are present.
People use substances for a number of reasons. They can include a feeling of good due to boredom as a means of self-healing and / or for avoiding family and mental problems.
In accordance with the Turning Points philosophy, boxes of light gloves, heavy socks, scarves, and coats are located in the Rimbey Library and Place Neighborhood Place to help those with drug problems and invisible homeless. These items will be delivered to Turning Point and will be distributed to people on the street by workers at the damage reduction agency.