Course Content
This educational resource aims to educate our children/young adults in the hope that they will make healthier life choices, build capacity, and demonstrate an understanding of the inherent danger that fentanyl is posing in our communities. While adolescence may be a time to develop independence that can include an element of risk-taking and pushing boundaries, our young people need to understand that there is no “personal choice” when using fentanyl. That choice is taken away and left to the drug dealers and manufacturers. Individuals who experiment with drugs have no choice regarding the mix of chemicals they are prepared to ingest.
Final Assessment Survey
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Course Understanding Fentanyl
About Lesson

Dr. Bill MacEwan has worked for years on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He discusses how addiction may take hold and that any method of ingesting fentanyl can be fatal. He also highlights some other drugs being found with illicit fentanyl in them. The drugs are not isolated to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Doug Rogers, a Vernon School District Drug and Alcohol Counsellor states, “Whatever drugs are available there, are also available in communities throughout BC and Canada.” He cites research that tells us the younger a child starts (drug use), the more likely they will have a problem as they age and that fentanyl can kill even when used for the first time. Finally, an indigenous educator, Melanie Jorgensen, comments that everyone is at risk from drugs, including fentanyl.