Today is National Fentanyl Awareness Day and members of the Cortland Community are joining a coalition of nonprofits, corporations, government agencies and schools to raise awareness on fentanyl and the drug supply it is in.
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid, which is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. This drug is the primary driver to the increase in overdose deaths not just in Central New York, but around the country.
Today though, Healing Cortland, along with community partners will be throughout Cortland County to provide Narcan training, fentanyl test strips and information about safer use and local resources. Locations include during the morning hours at City Hall, Loaves & Fishes and Access to Independence, all in the City of Cortland.
Beginning at noon, there will be another event at Courthouse Park followed by locations in the afternoon at Wishing Wellness Center, Riverside Plaza, Main Street and in Truxton. More information on today’s events may be found at HealingCortland.org.