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Expert group hosts educational fentanyl tour in Lawrence

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A group of experts is sharing life-saving information with local families about the potential dangers of fentanyl.

Lawrence Police are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Lawrence Public Schools and the Douglas County District Attorney to warn parents and students of the growing danger of fentanyl in Kansas.

27 News sat down with Chrissy Mayer, community-based services manager for DCCCA, which develops caring communities that are engaged in action, a Lawrence-based initiative that helps improve community safety, health and well-being through education. Mayer said it’s important for families to know how easily children can access these drugs so their parents can watch out for warning signs.

“I think it’s crucial to raise awareness of what’s happening to communities,” Mayer said. “Many people are unaware of the dangers of drugs and how to help them. I think this is also a key piece. Provide people with resources so they can help someone who may be experiencing an overdose.

Law enforcement agencies see preventable deaths and injuries every day, but they say the increase in fentanyl use and overdoses is an alarming trend, and our communities are not immune from this national crisis.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug abuse, call the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 1-800-662-HELP(4357). For more information on fentanyl, see the United States Drug Enforcement Administration website by clicking here.

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