This is an important message to bring to your attention the appearance of an extremely dangerous drug which has the potential to become a serious problem in our community.
Fentanyl is a substance which is often cut in to other drugs like cocaine or ecstasy, and it can be 40 to 50 times more toxic than heroin. Local police agencies are warning their communities that people can be consuming fentanyl without even knowing it, and that consuming it even once could be fatal.
We do not believe that fentanyl is a problem in our schools at this time, but local law enforcement agencies have reported an increase in overdose incidents in the area. Along with those agencies, the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board is taking a pro-active approach by warning our students and their parents about the dangers of consuming any substances which may contain fentanyl.
We have posted a very useful electronic pamphlet below which contains details about fentanyl, overdose symptoms to watch for, and online resources where you can get more information. You can also find this pamphlet by going to the following website https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/parents-community-mental-health.html
We hope you will take the time to familiarize yourself with this important information, and that you will talk with your children about this extremely dangerous substance.
Parent & Caregiver Pamphlet (English)
Parent & Caregiver Pamphlet (French)