Broken Arrow Police Department to host fentanyl forum

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The Broken Arrow Police Department announced Wednesday that it's hosting a "Fentanyl Forum" to educate the public on the growing concerns of fentanyl.

The forum is slated for Thursday, July 14 from 6-8 p.m.at the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce offices, 210 N Main St.

Broken Arrow officers said fentanyl is an emerging threat across Oklahoma and Broken Arrow is not immune, with fentanyl overdoses on the rise. 

The Broken Arrow Police Department responded to 184 overdose calls in 2021, 117 so far in 2022. Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Today, fentanyl is the second most common drug and the most common opioid drug involved in overdose deaths.

"Overdoses associated with fentanyl have become common in our communities. I wanted to assemble a group of subject matter experts to create awareness of the issue," said BAPD Chief Brandon Berryhill. "We can make a difference if we collectively work together to make our communities safer."

Six panelists will highlight from their perspective the scope of the issue and possible solutions for members of the public. Following the panel remarks, they will take questions from social media and from the public in attendance.

The six panelists include:

  • Chief Brandon Berryhill, Broken Arrow Police Department
  • Sergeant Eric Nester, Broken Arrow Police Department
  • Dr. Cory Kebert, M.D., Ascension St. John
  • Dir. Donnie Anderson, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics
  • Jason Beaman D.O., M.S., M.P.H., FAPA, Assistant Clinical Professor Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
  • Assistant Fire Chief Mark Steward, Broken Arrow Fire Department

Area agencies that offer addiction diversion will be in attendance to provide further resources.

The event will be live streamed at www.Facebook.com/BrokenArrowPolice.

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