‘Trying drugs once can lead to death’: Abbotsford Police warn parents about fentanyl

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After a rash of fentanyl-related overdose deaths in B.C. police in Abbotsford are reaching out to parents today, trying to encourage an open dialogue about drug use.

A letter was sent out to parents discussing the recent fentanyl crisis in our province.

It says that all kids are at risk, regardless of their social-economic, cultural or religious backgrounds.

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Attached to the letter was strategies for an effective discussion as well as the signs and symptoms of drug use.

Chief Constable Bob Rich says in the letter:

“We believe arming you with information is an effective way to reduce the risk that your child will ever experiment with / abuse drugs. We know our kids are curious about drugs and as teens they will take more risks during this phase of their life than at any other.

We need them to understand that trying something even once can lead down a path of despair and / or death.”


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