Five overdose deaths in Abbotsford last week have prompted the city’s police chief to call on the provincial and federal governments to include drug education in the school curriculum.
Chief Bob Rich said, “I actually believe we should be doing a provincial-wide curriculum that, in Grades 4 through 12, [has] hours of instruction every year for kids around this issue.”
Stressing that kids need to learn about the dangers of using drugs., he said “We need to be telling kids exactly what fentanyl is and explain to them where it is, and why it kills people.”
He added,“We need to actually explain to people you can’t use street drugs anymore, they’re a poison, they will kill people.”
Rich is also calling on the provincial and federal governments to do more to deal with the fentanyl crisis.