Texas A&M University Health Science Center reports that between June 2019 and May 2020, our state recorded a more than 50% increase in synthetic opioid deaths, primarily driven by ‘illicitly manufactured fentanyl.’
Attend a live discussion with local experts and expand your knowledge on how fentanyl poisoning has impacted North Texas. Learn what you can do to protect yourself and loved ones. Our discussion starts at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 27 at the Allen Public Library. The short discussion will be paired with an 18 minute documentary, titled Fentanyl Factor , which highlights the alarming increase of accidental overdose deaths due to the mixing or 'lacing' of fentanyl with other substances such as heroin, cocaine, and counterfeit prescription pills. The short documentary also features an interview with a Forensic Scientist inside the lab where real and counterfeit drugs are tested.
Note: Lieutenant Darrin Whitman and Officer John Booth of Allen Police Department will join our discussion regarding the growth of fentanyl poisoning in Allen and Collin County. Lt. Whitman is a Drug Recognition Expert instructor (DRE), which includes courses for law enforcement officers, teachers, counselors, school nurses, and school administrators. Officer Booth serves a Student Resource Officer (SRO) at the Allen High School and is on the Allen ISD Threat Assessment team.
Film and discussion are appropriate for both parents and teens. Seating will be socially distant within the Civic Auditorium inside the Allen Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.
1 CEU available onsite to licensed professional counselors.