Drug use among youth is nothing new, but what is new are the types of drugs that are becoming more and more prevalent.
It’s no longer sneaking off to the back school parking lot for a drink or to smoke a joint, it’s vaping pens, illegal marijuana edibles and fake pills tainted with fentanyl.
The Delta School District, Delta Police Department, Fraser Health and others are working collectively to combat the growing problem and say that education – for everyone from students to parents to community members – is key.
“Throughout 2018, Delta police officers, Delta firefighters and paramedics continued to respond to numerous overdoses, and the issue is prevalent enough in younger populations that we felt it was necessary to work with the Delta School District and send a warning home to parents,” said DPD Chief Neil Dubord in a recent Optimist column.
“Accepting that there are drugs