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Livestream Training Explores Dangers of Student Fentanyl Use

(Friday, April 30, 2021) -- Tarrant County Challenge, in collaboration with the Tarrant County Drug Enforcement Agency and MedStar is presenting “Over the Overdoses: Understanding Fentanyl’s Impact On Students and What We Can Do About It,” Tuesday, May 4. 

The livestream training, which educates local residents on the dangers of fentanyl use and solutions for curbing use and overdoses, will broadcast here from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.  May 4. This virtual event offers parents and teachers information for identifying when a student is abusing drugs, when intervention is needed to reduce an overdose or loss of student life. 

MedStar, the ambulance service provider to Fort Worth, reports that 911 calls in the last three months -- many made on behalf of youth-- related to potential overdoses are up 136% in the area.

“Many of those youth took a pill purchased for $5 on social media under the assumption that the pill was just a Percocet or Xanax when in reality the pill was laced with a lethal amount of fentanyl,” according to the Tarrant County Challenge agenda for the event. “We want our students to live – to see, experience and change the future. We – community leaders, school staff, parents, peers – can all play a role in making sure that happens. This conversation will equip us to fulfill those roles from a place of knowledge and compassion.

“Come learn how this issue is impacting our neighborhoods and what can be done to ensure every student has a future.”

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