Advocates urge Alberta curriculum overhaul to include education on opioids

Advocates spurred by concerning rates of opioid overdoses among Alberta youth are urging the government to improve grade-school education on drug use.

“It’s more important than ever that students learn this,” said Amy Graves, president of Get Prescription Drugs off the Street Society.

On Tuesday, Graves and Petra Schulz, co-founder of advocacy group Moms Stop the Harm which launched after Schulz’s son died from a fentanyl overdose in 2014, sent a letter asking Alberta’s health and education ministers to address the issue.

The Alberta government is midway through a curriculum redesign, with the first phases set to roll out next year.

Advocates urge Alberta curriculum overhaul to include education on opioids