Our second virtual panel event featured presentations by:
Dr. Venu Karapareddy, an Addictions Psychiatrist; Haley Calder, President of TFP MacEwan; Patrick Black, a Streetworks nurse
The topic of this educational panel was investigating the impact of social and physical distancing on the ongoing opioid crisis. This speaker series aimed to educate the public on various aspects of the opioid crisis, including health outcomes, contributing factors, and the interaction with the global COVID-19 pandemic. We featured a variety of individuals with different perspectives, ranging from those with lived experience of opioid use to healthcare professionals and researchers. Visit the link below to watch the recorded zoom meeting posted with permission.
Our virtual panel featured presentations by:
Dr. S Monty Ghosh, an Addictions Medicine Physician; Corinne Sawarin an Addictions Counsellor, and Lawrence Woo in Pharmacy
The purpose of this educational discussion was to facilitate discussion on how the global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the ongoing opioid crisis. Thank you to all speakers who volunteered their time and knowledge, and are appreciative of everyone who participated! If you were unable to attend live, no problem. Visit the link below to watch the recorded zoom meeting posted with permission.
Rural Naloxone Training
Mason will be visiting several smaller rural towns throughout southern and central Alberta to provide free naloxone training and kits, as well as to spark discussion with rural community members regarding the overdose crisis, synthetic opioids and harm reduction strategies.
Location: Claresholm Public Library (211 49 Ave W, Claresholm, AB T0L 0T0)
Dates & Times: August 20th (10am-5pm) & August 21st (12pm-5pm)
Location: Tom Hornecker Recreation Center (2122 18 St, Nanton, AB T0L 1R0)
Dates & Times: August 22nd, 23rd, & 24th (10am-6pm)
Location: Ponoka Jubilee Library (5604 50 St, Ponoka, AB T4J 1G7)
Dates & Times: August 27th, 28th & 31st (during library hours)
Location: Redwater Public Library (4915 48 St, Redwater, AB T0A 2W0)
Dates & Times: August 29th & 30th (during library hours)
Dates & Times: TBA
Location: Morinville Leisure Centre (25126 SH642, Sturgeon County, AB T8R 2P9)
Dates & Times: September 7th (10am-3pm) during the Active Living Fair
2018/2019 Academic Year
During the 2018/2019 academic year, The FentaNIL Project trained 267 campus and community members how to identify and respond to an opioid overdose. Our group received a University of Alberta Wellness Champion Award for this feat.
Election Platform Night—Friday, March 29th
Elections for The FentaNIL Project (TFP) will be taking on Friday, March 29th at 5pm in the Orion Room in Students Union Building (SUB). Although voting will be conducted online, this ‘Election Platform Night‘ allows prospective executives to express their platform in-person in 2-4 minutes and also allows General Members the opportunity to ask prospective executives any questions they may have regarding their platforms. I highly encourage all TFP General Members to attend this event!
Interested in joining The FentaNIL Project executive team next year? Undergraduate UofA students (in any program) are allowed to run for any 2 positions on the executive team. If you’re interested in running for a position, please forward a 250-300 word election platform abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by this Wednesday, March 27th @ 11:59pm. Platform abstracts will be uploaded to the TFP Facebook page and will also be sent out to all General Members via our mailing list. Anonymous online voting will be open all day on Friday, March 29th.
Heal Yo’ Feels—Thursday, February 28th, 2019
The FentaNIL Project held a collaborative event with Diversity in Engineering that explored the intersection between mental health and the opioid crisis. This event featured keynote talks by Patrick Black, a nurse with the Streetworks Overdose Prevention Team, and Cheryl Becker, a Registered Psychologist. Following the keynote talks, a Q&A panel session took place comprised of community members with lived-experiences pertinent to mental wellness, suicide, overdose, and addiction:
- Ms. Petra Schulz—founder of Moms Stop the Harm
- Ms. Elizabeth Turnbull—cofounder of Mysterious Barricades
- Dr. Monty Ghosh—addiction physician who works with The Opioid Dependency Program
To close, the event ended with free naloxone training!
Student Assembly for Campus Health—Saturday, January 19th, 2019
The FentaNIL Project will be delivering a presentation on the synthetic opioid crisis and harm reduction at the 2019 Student Assembly for Campus Health—an event organized by the Student Health Committee.
Winter Clubs Fair 2019 — Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The FentaNIL Project will be tabling at the 2019 Winter Clubs Fair on Wednesday, January 16th between 12pm-4pm in the Students Union Building (SUB). Come say hello to our executive team, learn more about the synthetic opioid crisis, and find out when we’re hosting naloxone training sessions!
St. Joseph’s College Naloxone Training — Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The FentaNIL Project will be training St. Joseph’s College staff at the University of Alberta on how to administer naloxone. A presentation on overdose prevention and harm reduction will also be delivered.
Bake Sale & Information Session — Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018
In support of National Addictions Awareness Week, we are hosting a bake sale & information session in ECHA (first floor by Starbucks) from 12-3pm on Tuesday, November 27th. Swing by to get some Christmas-themed treats, say hello to our executive team, and to learn more about our new student group!