Ottawa high schools to host opioid abuse info sessions

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In response to a "growing concern about drug overdoses" the Ottawa Carleton District School board will hold a series of information nights across the city about opioids and drug abuse.

Last month, a 14-year-old Kanata teen died from an overdose. Ottawa police confirmed that pills found near the body of Chloe Kotval tested positive for fentanyl, a deadly opioid.

Shortly after, hundreds of parents in Kanata attended meetings to talk about how to deal with illegal drug use.

Under the banner "the more information you have, the better equipped you are to parent", the board is bringing together representatives from Ottawa police, Ottawa Public Health, and Rideauwood Addictions and Family Counselling to answer questions.

The sessions will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the following dates:

- Wednesday, March 8 at Earl of March Secondary School

- Thursday, March 9 at Glebe Collegiate Institute

- Wednesday, March 22 at Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School

- Thursday, March 23 at Gloucester High School