drug education


Back on Track Conference and 20th Anniversary Gala – December 1, 2017

Thank you for attending Odd Squad Productions first annual “Back on Track” Conference and/or the 20th Anniversary Gala, held Friday, December 1, 2017. We were very happy to see you there! Your presence and support enables us to continue educating and mentoring the youth, as well as our our community. We raised over $220,000 for Odd Squad’s important drug education work. Thank you! If you didn’t get a chance to attend our events, you can still DONATE to support our work. The conference held during the day was followed by a VIP Cocktail reception, which Premier John Horgan attended. The evening continued with the gala fundraiser and keynote speaker Scott Oake from Hockey Night in Canada with his wife Anne. Click here or scroll down to see the photo gallery. The Back on Track Conference The conference featured experts in the fields of school safety, substance abuse, social media addiction, drug addiction and youth issues. Click here to see a full list of speakers with short bios. John DALY – Moderator – Opening Remarks Det/Cst. Sandy AVELAR and Det/Cst. Anisha PARHAR – Gangs and Girls: Her Time Adam PALMER – Opening Remarks Dr. Marvin KRANK – Social and Cognitive Factors in […]


Odd Squad gala headlined by Hockey Night in Canada host Scott Oake

‘Back on Track’ event celebrates society’s 20th anniversary – still with the same VPD beat cops who started the society with a hard-hitting video on the reality of addiction Hockey Night in Canada host Scott Oake and his wife Anne will bring a personal perspective to the keynote speech at the Odd Squad Production Society’s 20th anniversary gala December 1, capping a day-long drug and gang prevention conference. Scott and Anne lost their 25-year-old son Bruce to a heroin overdose in 2011, and since then have been committed to making the tragic loss of their child into positive opportunities for others struggling with addiction. Global TV anchor Chris Gailus will be the gala’s master of ceremonies, auctioneer extraordinaire Howard Blank will conduct our live auction, while three-time Juno award-winning blues artist Jim Byrnes, special guest Paul Pigat, and All the Kings Men will perform. Funds will be raised for Odd Squad’s important drug education work. “We’ve come a long way from a group of seven VPD beat cops working the Downtown Eastside putting out our first film about the stark realities of drug addiction 20 years ago. We had no idea how to even use a video camera, but still […]


CBC News : ‘Odd Squad’ cops say prevention, not more harm reduction, needed for fentanyl crisis

“I don’t support elements of harm reduction that are legalizers in sheep’s clothing there,” says a retired police officer who served for many years on the Downtown Eastside. He’s part of the Odd Squad, a group that works on drug abuse prevention.

Read the original story on CBC: www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/fentanyl-overdose-vancouver-odd-squad-1.3962727


Fentanyl crisis on the news

Fentanyl overdose calls plague fire crews in record-busy May Nearly 1,000 emergency calls were handled by a single fire hall last month, and officials say fentanyl is partially to blame. Vancouver Fire Hall 2 responded to 943 calls in May, breaking a record for most 911 calls in one month. “The call volume is getting to levels that are unheard of,” Robert Weeks, president of the Vancouver Firefighters Association, told CTV News. “If this continues, and we expect it to continue, (the call volume) is more than a lot of municipalities have in their whole fire service, in all their fire halls.” Source: ctvnews.ca First responders struggle to get a grip on fentanyl Paramedics, police officers, fire fighters gather in Victoria to discuss the death-dealing opiod ….. British Columbia’s first responders are struggling to deal with the ‘crisis situation’ that has developed since the arrival of fentanyl. The greatest challenge facing paramedics, police officers and fire crew is understanding how to deal with a drug that can be almost as deadly for the person handling it, as it is for the user. ….. One of the major concerns is skin contact with fentanyl. First responders are being advised to wear […]


VPD is asking parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of fentanyl

The Vancouver Police Department is asking parents to speak with their children about the dangers of fentanyl. Chief Constable Adam Palmer believes parents and caregivers have an important influence on their children’s lives, and that these kinds of conversations could make all the difference when teens are faced with difficult decisions. Original story: mediareleases.vpd.ca/….. Letter to parents from Chief Constable Adam Palmer: Dear Parents and Caregivers, We need your help. Many of you have probably heard about the rise in overdose deaths related to fentanyl throughout B.C. A large number of people who have died were not even aware they were taking fentanyl – you can’t smell it, taste it or see it. These were not hardened drug addicts, either – they were recreational drug users, youth, and business professionals. We are starting to see an increase in fentanyl use and overdoses in our youth, and we are very concerned. Fentanyl can be 40 to 50 times more toxic than heroin. Many teens seem to feel invincible and believe terrible things only happen to other people, which can make it a challenge for them to hear the safety message we’re trying to share. We believe that parents and caregivers have an […]