City officials are hosting a public meeting on Monday, February 27 at the Kanata Rec Centre on the youth opioid drug overdoses in the community.
Here’s a note from Councillor Shad Qadri about the meeting:
There has been a lot of discussion lately on the availability and use of harmful opioid drugs in our city.
We are hearing concerns from parents and first responders that suburban areas such as Kanata, Stittsville and even our rural neighbours have been exposed to the risks these drugs cause.
Dangerous opioids, especially illicit Fentanyl are becoming more common every day and it is time to come together as a community to discuss the issue, educate ourselves and help those dealing with the challenge of keeping their kids safe even when we are not with them.
On Monday, February 27th at 6:30pm, Chair of Ottawa Police Services, Councillor El-Chantiry; Chair of the Board of Health, Councillor Qadri; Councillor Wilkinson; Councillor Moffatt; and Councillor Hubley will host a public meeting at the Kanata Recreational Centre, located at 100 Charlie Rogers Place – Hall A. Experts from Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Police Services, Ottawa Paramedics, Youth Services Bureau and others will be in attendance.
We encourage all residents to attend as education is the first step toward prevention.
There is no denying that these drugs are present within our communities and every child has the potential to be exposed to them. It will take an effort from each of us to protect our communities.
You can also visit – www.stopoverdoseottawa.ca.