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A Community Conversation on Youth Drug Use, Fentanyl, and Xylazine

by | Sep 4, 2023


Davidson LifeLine is hosting a presentation and Q&A panel on September 13th, 6:30pm, at the Davidson Town Hall & Community Center (251 South St., Davidson, NC 28036).Davidson Lifeline logo

Community experts will be presenting and answering your questions!

Panelists and presenters include:

  • Denae Ayers, Harm Reduction Outreach Specialist, Queen City Harm Reduction
  • Dr. John Brunelle, Psychologist, Novant Health
  • Chief Kim Davidson, Davidson Police Department
  • Leslie Parks, Student Assistant Program Counselor, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • A representative from CriSyS Mecklenburg County

They will discuss items, such as:

  • What is fentanyl? Why is it dangerous?
  • What is Xylazine/Tranq? Why is it dangerous?
  • Do these substances affect us in the Lake Norman region?
  • If I suspect my child is using drugs, what do I do?
  • Why do youth start using drugs?
  • What are some resources I can access for overdose prevention and treatment?
  • What are the signs of an overdose? If someone is overdosing, what do I do?

Almost 16% of North Carolina High School students reported misusing prescription drugs in 2021 (NC DHHS).

This is more important than ever.

From 2019-2021, North Carolina experienced a 79% increase in all opioid-involved overdose deaths (NC DHHS).

This slide contains data from the NC Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS). YRBS is a representative sample of high school and middle school students in NC. This chart only represents students in high school. Self-reported survey data often give an underestimate of drug use.



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