The following is a press release issued by Mendocino County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services:
The fentanyl epidemic is here: People in Mendocino County are dying or being hospitalized from fentanyl poisoning. To educate the public about the tragic impacts of fentanyl use and how to prevent them – Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment (SUDT) is partnering with Safe Rx Mendocino in sponsoring a Fentanyl Safety Awareness Day. The free event takes place from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2022, at the Ukiah Fairgrounds, Carl Purdy Hall.
The Fentanyl Awareness Day will feature guest speaker Shannon Robinson, MD, board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. Dr. Robinson served as the chief of Addiction Service for California Correctional Healthcare Services, where she was the champion change management agent for administration and line staff while initiating Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) within primary care, assisting with the enhancement of evidence-based psychosocial treatment and person-centered care throughout the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Information tables, staffed by local providers, will have demonstrations on how to use Narcan – a nasal spray that can rapidly reverse an opioid overdose – as well as distribution of free Narcan kits and resource information.
Fentanyl, a dangerous opioid implicated in fatal overdoses, is here in Mendocino County. It is mixed into other drugs, like street Xanax or party drugs, without the user’s knowledge. It is odorless, and drugs contaminated with fentanyl are almost impossible to tell from drugs that are not contaminated. An estimated 3,946 people, mostly young adults, have died of fentanyl overdoes in 2020 in California. Fentanyl can be fatal in tiny amounts.
Lunch will be served to all that pre-register for the event. Please use this link to pre-register: https://forms.gle/7cNaNdpNekmi9pbd6. For questions or additional information, contact Jill Ales at (707) 472-2618.Fentanyl-Awareness-Day-flier