Education around drugs and opioids is coming to the region.

District School Board Ontario North East is hosting the Know More Tour at Timmins High tomorrow. DSB One says this is a nation-wide campaign to educate students in the growing opioid crisis.

It says students will partake in five stations where they will learn about:

  • Overdoses: The signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and how to help
  • Fentanyl: What is legal vs. illegal, what are the dangers
  • Opioids The dangers of opioids, habit forming
  • Stigma: Learning what words to use and not use
  • Naloxone Learning the effects of the product and what is the Good Samaritan Law

DSB One says it is also partnering with the Porcupine Health Unit to support families and raise awareness around drug use in the local community.

Director of Education Lesleigh Dye says “we are in the midst of a public health emergency. It is crucial that we take the time to talk with our youth so they understand that overdoses do not discriminate and that it is a dangerous time to experiment with drugs.” Dye adds that “these activities and conversations will support good decision-making, reduce the stigma related to opioid use and create safer schools and communities.”

The tour is stopping in Timmins tomorrow from 9:00am to 3:00pm.