Kamloops information session to tackle drugs and overdoses

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KAMOOPS - An upcoming information session could help you better understand drugs and overdoses, including fentanyl.

Overdoses and opiates will be the topics covered by an educational evening hosted by Addictions Matters, a collective of local, regional and national social work agencies.

The event will be held at the Henry Grube Educational Centre at 245 Kitchener Cres. on Thursday, June 23, at 5 p.m.

It will cover how to respond to an overdose, how naloxone stops an overdose and how to prevent overdoses. Representatives from local agencies working in harm reduction, mental health and the street community will be on hand to answer questions.

The event is a response from the group to the spike in overdoses and deaths in the community this year. Many have been linked to the increased use of fentanyl.

A recent report from the B.C. Coroners Service highlights the fact the province has seen a 75 per cent increase in overdose deaths over the same period last year. The report shows Kamoops has had more overdose deaths so far in 2016 than all of 2015 and 2014 combined.

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