Alberta government gives school boards fentanyl fact sheets
Information on deadly drug intended for parents and teachers, but also shared with students
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The province is giving some hard facts about fentanyl to school boards in hopes of educating teens about the deadly drug.
The information was provided in a fact sheet for parents and teachers of junior and senior high school students, but teachers were encouraged to share the information with students.
Facts included the 2015 death toll in Alberta from fentanyl – 272 – and the fact the 153 have died from the drug so far this year.
The fact sheet also warns about the potency of the drug. Mere granules of the substance can kill.
Ministry of Education spokeswoman Jill Wheeler-Bryksn said the information was provided to the superintendents of public, separate, francophone and charter school boards.
She said it would be up to educators and parents to relay the information in an age-appropriate way.
“Teachers are encouraged to incorporate information from the fact sheet in the Career and Life Management (CALM) curriculum or any other health classes to ensure their lessons are based on the atmosphere of their classrooms and learning needs of students,” said Wheeler-Bryksn in an email.
CBE officials did not respond to Metro’s request for an interview.
At a conference on fentanyl held in Calgary earlier this week, some participants again called on the province to declare fentanyl a public health crisis.
So far the province has declined to do so.
Last year in Calgary the drug was responsible for more deaths than homicides and vehicle collisions combined.