B.C. Colonel boss Lisa Lapointe says that anti-drug campaigns based on fear do not work.
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The B.C. Coroners Service disagrees with a fentanyl prevention program created by a chain of funeral services.
Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services created the program, which uses "powerful, perhaps even controversial" visual aids, after one of the funeral homes in its chain reported that it served four to five families each month who had lost a loved one for an overdose.
The program includes a grieving family sign encircling a coffin under a banner that says "Will fentanyl will be the reason for your next family reunion." ? "
A coffin and a hearse are also part of the 45-minute presentation to parents and their children aged 12 and older.
The death toll has increased since fentanyl arrived in British Columbia. of the forensic service between January and September of this year show that there were 186 deaths among the victims from 10 to 29.
On Saturday, the BC The Coroner Service said it did not endorse the program, saying that the scare tactics and the " Fear-based initiatives "are less effective in saving lives."
"The evidence suggests that the motives for drug use are complex and multifaceted, and programs focused on scaring people out of drugs are not effective. "They tend to increase the stigma surrounding drug use and actually discourage people from seeking help, an outdated approach that has helped to save lives," said a statement from forensic chief Lisa Lapointe. led to the loss of countless lives. "
Lapointe continued saying "Solo di no" and D.A.R.E. campaigns in the United States had poor results.
He cited a 2008 study funded by the National Institutes of Health that found that campaigns had no positive effects on youth behavior and may have led some to experiment with substance use.
Lapointe said that B.C. The Substance Use Research Center also found that mbad media campaigns and public service announcements show no evidence of effectiveness, while interactive skills-based approaches show more positive results.
"In the long run, compbadion and support, including prescribed medications, treatment where appropriate will be much more effective in changing this crisis than fear and shame," he explained.
But Tyrel Burton, owner of Alternatives, said something must be done to reach teens and young adults before they become addicted. [19659004"Thisprogramisourresponsetowhatweconsideracriticalneed"hesaidinapressrelease
Abbotsford funeral director John Romeyn said he supports the program after hearing a comment from a grieving father.
I had a father who told me: "I was supposed to (choose) clothes for my daughter to use for her graduation, now I'm choosing something to use for her coffin," she said.
Romeyn said that everyone involved in the presentation is trying to impress young people that no one is immune to the dangers of fentanyl or other opioids.
"We have dealt with the children of the pastors and the children of the lawyers, and the ordinary people who are outside, either experiencing or the occasional user who is not aware of what is out there," he added.
The funeral home plans to visit Metro Vancouver schools, church youth groups, and community centers with presentations, which are expected to begin in early 2018.
With files of Canadian Press