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Fentanyl focus of Overdose Awareness Day.

Members of the Streetworks team handed out information on naloxone, overdose facts, and harm reduction as part of Overdose Awareness Day, held outside City Hall in downtown Edmonton on Aug. 31. With nearly 100 people in attendance, speakers included Alberta Health Services' medical health officer Chris Sikora, David Shepherd (MLA Edmonton-Centre) and Scott McKeen (Edmonton city councillor). Petra Shulz (mother of Danny Shulz, who passed away due to overdose) and Jenn (a member of the Streetworks team) shared their stories of how overdose affected them. Between 2011 and 2014, there were 162 fentanyl-detected deaths in Alberta. If fentanyl-implicated deaths and pending cases are included that number increases to 221. In response to the growing number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths AHS has created a province-wide take home naloxone kit program. Naloxone is a drug that temporarily reverses the symptoms of overdose so that a person may receive medical treatment.

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Title Annotation:EDMONTON
Author:Narine, Shari
Publication:Alberta Sweetgrass
Date:Sep 1, 2015
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