Third Fentanyl Forum Offers More Personal Insights

The third Family Fentanyl Forum scheduled for Saturday, March 25, at Paint Branch High School, will focus on smaller breakout sessions. The sessions will be held every half hour to allow attendees to catch up with topics like starting substance use conversations or healthy boundaries vs Tough Love.

Sessions will be held in English and Spanish. Participants will get a chance to ask more personal questions and exchange information in the smaller settings.

The Forums, held in cooperation between Montgomery Goes Purple and Montgomery County Public Schools, have attracted thousands of concerned local residents.

A student intervention this week at the McDonald’s across from Quince Orchard High School highlights increased awareness of fentanyl and the use of Naloxone to revive overdose victims. Forum organizer Laura Mitchell observed that live saving event might not have happened 4 short weeks ago.

The Forum encourages student participation. It will offer Narcan (Naloxone) training for teens aged 14 and over. The event can be applied to SSL Hour requirements. In addition, Narcan kits will be made available to attendees.

The Forum starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and runs until noon. Paint Branch High School is located at 14121 Old Columbia Pike in Burtonsville.

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