Coming Together with OC Supervisor Katrina Foley Combating the Fentanyl Crisis Through Community Outreach

We provided free naloxone and fentanyl test strips at two pivotal community events led by Supervisor Katrina Foley. These initiatives aimed to empower individuals with the knowledge and tools necessary to prevent fentanyl-related deaths in Orange County.

Fentanyl Town Hall at Orange Coast College (OCC)

On Wednesday, March 20, 2024, Supervisor Katrina Foley collaborated with the Costa Mesa Police Department and the OC Health Care Agency to host a fentanyl town hall for OCC college students. This event provided an invaluable opportunity for students to learn about the dangers of fentanyl and effective prevention strategies.

The town hall featured presentations from experts who discussed the impact of fentanyl in the community, shared real-life stories, and provided crucial information on how to recognize and respond to an overdose. One of the highlights of the event was the distribution of naloxone, a life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug. Attendees received hands-on training on how to administer naloxone, ensuring they were equipped to save lives in emergency situations.

Additionally, we distributed fentanyl test strips to help students identify the presence of fentanyl in substances, further empowering them to make safer choices. The event underscored the importance of education and proactive measures in addressing the fentanyl crisis, leaving attendees better informed and prepared.

Spanish-Speaking Fentanyl Town Hall in Aliso Viejo

Recognizing the diverse needs of the community, we also participated in a fentanyl town hall specifically designed for Spanish-speaking individuals. This event, held in partnership with Supervisor Katrina Foley, the City of Aliso Viejo, Aliso Viejo’s Sheriff’s Department, and the OC Health Care Agency, aimed to extend outreach and resources to a broader audience.

During the town hall, attendees received critical information on fentanyl prevention and resources available in the community. Experts provided facts about the opioid crisis, shared prevention tips, and offered practical advice on how to protect oneself and loved ones from fentanyl exposure. The event emphasized the importance of community involvement and collective action in combating the fentanyl epidemic.

Our resource booth at this event provided free naloxone and fentanyl test strips, along with instructions on their proper use. This initiative was particularly significant as it addressed language barriers and ensured that Spanish-speaking individuals had access to essential life-saving tools and information.

Empowering the Community Through Education and Resources

We remain committed to its mission of combating the fentanyl crisis through continuous education and advocacy efforts. By providing free naloxone, fentanyl test strips, and training at these town halls, we empower individuals to take proactive steps in preventing overdoses and saving lives. These events exemplify the organization’s dedication to making a tangible impact in the community and fostering a safer, more informed society. Together, we can make a difference and combat the fentanyl crisis in Orange County and beyond.

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