Public fentanyl forum planned for Township

Oct. 27 event will take place at Fraser River Presentation Theatre inside the Township civic facility

With fentanyl continuing to claim lives in Langley and across the Lower Mainland, several partner groups are preparing to host a forum to educate the public about the deadly drug. It will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Township Civic Facility.

The presentation is aimed at parents, youth and caregivers and will offer information about fentanyl and the overdoses that have killed more than 20 Langley residents since January.

Fentanyl is a deadly opioid that is being mixed into street drugs, including powder cocaine, heroin and oxycodone.

A small amount, the size of two grains of salt, can kill you, say experts.

Earlier this year, the public health officer declared the fentanyl crisis an emergency.

In Metro Vancouver, more than 488 lives have been lost this year.

The forum is being put on by the Child and Youth Mental Health Substance Use Collaborative Local Action Team partnered with the Langley School District, Langley RCMP and Fraser Health.

There will be presentations as well as questions and answers from a panel of experts.

A similar forum held in Maple Ridge recently saw more than 250 people turn out.

The Langley forum, held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will be held inside the Fraser River Theatre, fourth floor, 20338 65 Ave.