The South Dumfries Historical Society hosted a public forum on the Opioid crisis at the Memorial Hall in St. George last night, featuring key stakeholders.
County of Brant Councillor John MacAlpine, who organized the meeting, invited Brant OPP Detachment Commander Lisa Anderson, Kevin Robinson, Deputy Chief of Operations for Brant-Brantford Paramedic Services and Allison Schure, Public Health Nurse for the Brant County Health Unit to speak to a large gathering from the community.
A Nalaxone overdose kit was circulated throughout the room for the public to see what emergency responders are dealing with on an ongoing basis.
Communities, large and small, are grappling with the opioid crisis that has claimed many lives across Canada.
Late March, three people died and another three others survived suspected fentanyl overdoses in Brantford and in late December, police confiscated 17 grams of the opioid which could have claimed 68,000 lives, according to OPP Inspector Lisa Anderson.
(Photo: BCHU Public Nurse Allison Schure, Deputy Chief of Operations for Brant-Brantford Paramedic Service Kevin Robinson and Brant OPP Detachment Commander Lisa Anderson)