In last week’s Councillor’s View, I took the time to share with you some valuable information regarding illicit opioids such as Fentanyl. This week, I would like to take a moment to address the importance of being able to communicate effectively with our children on these difficult topics to ensure they are prepared to handle these important challenges when they come.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more toxic than morphine. It is usually found in a powder form and mixed with cocaine, crack, or heroin or pressed into pills and sold as things like oxycontin, Percocet, speed, or ecstacy/MDMA.
It has become more prevalent within the past year and has now made its way to Ottawa streets and already, we are beginning to bear witness to some of its tragically deadly side-effects.
No parents wants to think that their child might be exposed to dangerous drugs but the truth is that these powerful and addictive chemicals are present within our communities and children are vulnerable targets to their impact.
By speaking with your children and explaining the potentially lethal effects that drugs such as these can pose in such small doses, it might mean the difference between their ability to take a stand and refuse them when offered or giving into the dangers of peer pressure.