September 7, 2017 5:00 am

Scott Thompson: Opioid crisis comes to our schools

A naloxone anti-overdose kit is shown in Vancouver on Feb. 10, 2017.

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When we think of back to school, we think of lunches, home work and seeing old friends.

There are lots of items to stock up on this time of year, but is one of them Naloxone kits?

READ MORE: Naloxone not the only answer to opioid crisis: front-line workers

That is what some universities and even secondary schools are doing in reaction to the surging opioid epidemic sweeping this country.

Naloxone is an antidote prescribed when someone is having an opioid overdose such as with fentanyl.

Michelle Jansen knows the tragic story too well and shared hers on the show Wednesday.


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Her 20-year-old son Brandon died of a fentanyl overdose while at a treatment facility in B.C.

She’s trying to draw attention to the lack of help available for those who need it, and how her son was addicted immediately to the drug after being given it unknowingly at a party.

READ MORE: Canadian schools stock up on naloxone kits in wake of growing opioid crisis

Her message is, you don’t know what you’re taking and this will kill you no matter what your socio economic status.

And now it’s in our schools.

A lot has changed since sneaking a bottle of beer or puff of weed, it’s time to talk to your kids about the unknown dangers in what they may consume.

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