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“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

CBC News : ‘Odd Squad’ cops say prevention, not more ...


For Immediate Release A PRESENTATION EVENING WITH ODD SQUAD PRODUCTIONS SOCIETY AND JOHN VOLKEN ACADEMY Drug Education, Current Trends, & Protecting Kids   VANCOUVER, BC –  Friday, July 8, 2016 – Odd Squad Productions Society will host an evening presentation open to community leaders as well as the general public to discuss current drug trends and public health issues affecting Vancouver. The presentation will aim to inform and educate community members on how to encourage positive decision making in today’s youth. WHEN:   Monday July 11th, 2016 5:30 PM: Pre-presentation exclusively for government officials, members of the health community, law enforcement, corporate sponsors and media. 6:30 PM: General public presentation followed by questions. WHERE:   The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver Odd Squad Productions Society is a registered charitable organization comprised of serving police officers, retired police officers, and volunteers.  For almost 20 years, Odd Squad Productions Society has been recognized as a leader in the field of drug and gang education for youth. Odd Squad ascribes to the notion that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ and that drug prevention programs are a more cost-effective and healthier investment for youth than treatment. This presentation provides an […]

Press Release



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 […]

Fentanyl crisis on the news


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 […]

VPD is asking parents to talk to their kids about ...



“The Odd Squad presentation was well received by the entire Kwayhquitlum community. Parents, who attended the event, appreciated the authentic and real aspects of the presentation. Teachers and students were impacted by the stories of the people living with addiction on the downtown east side. The presentation had a raw element that did not sugar coat the potential direction drug use can take you. The teachers appreciated the educational and health aspect of the presentation and that you didn’t lecture to the students. Providing concrete facts and riveting stories allowed a platform for students to explore the information from a empowered position. Thank you once again.” Ms. Laurie Ebenal (Principal, Kway Middle School – SD43)

Testimonial by Kway Middle School principal Ms. Laurie Ebenal