Members of the health care and justice systems from across the country gathered for a two-day session in Calgary and Edmonton to discuss the fentanyl situation facing Albertans last week.
The 2016 Fentanyl Conference – An Alberta Perspective: What We Know Now, took place in Sherwood Park, from Thursday, Oct. 20, to Friday, Oct. 21.
The conference featured key speakers from:
- Health Canada
Illicit Fentanyl in Western Canada: A Chemist’s Perspective
- Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
Health’s Side of the Fentanyl Crisis
Toxicology and Effects of Fentanyl
- Alberta Health Services
Fentanyl Exposure & Naloxone
Fentanyl Uses as an Illicit Drug
First Responder Case Study
Fentanyl Safe Handling Guidelines
Importation and Mail Centre Interdiction
- Calgary Police Service & Edmonton Police Service
The Current Situation & Why We Are Here
- Office of the Chief Crown Prosecutor
Public Prosecution Strategies for Fentanyl Cases
Each day of the conference wrapped up with a powder re-processing lab demonstration using lab equipment seized from police investigations.
Opening remarks were provided by:
- Edmonton Alert Insp. Chad Coles
- Edmonton Police Service Insp. Dwayne Lakusta
- RCMP K Division Supt.Guy ROOK, Officer in Charge of Federal Policing North
- MLA for Calgary West, Mike Ellis