Leduc residents learn to deal with opioids

An online class will be held Wednesday night to teach people about everything from opioid addition to how to use a Naloxone kit.

It's a problem which isn't often talked about, and very few people know what to do about it.

"It" is opioid addiction.  And it's a problem that Leduc City Councillor Bev Beckett thinks should be getting more attention, after sitting for several years on the Leduc Community Drug Action Committee. 

"Everyone experiencing substance abuse disorder is somebody's someone," said Beckett.  "Substance abuse disorder is something that can affect anyone, and certainly the city of Leduc is not immune to that."

Wednesday night, 20 residents will get training on dealing with opioids when a special virtual session is held.

"The participants can expect to learn, first of all, why opioids are such an addictive substance.  Secondly, how people fall into addiction.  Then the signs of an opioid poisoning or overdose.  And then, at the end, how to administer the Naloxone kit," said Beckett.

There was clearly significant demand for the course, with the 20 available spaces filling up at least a week before the event.


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