Sandoval County announced Friday that it will host three information sessions during Fentanyl Awareness Week.

All three sessions will be held on Oct. 24 in the commission chambers at the County Administration Building. Sandoval County joins Bernalillo County, the city of Albuquerque, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the New Mexico Department of Health, local law enforcement, numerous health and addiction treatment organizations and others to help educate, equip and empower the public in the fight against fentanyl.

“We are committed to informing our community about this deadly drug epidemic that has a strong presence in New Mexico,” Sandoval County Manager Wayne Johnson said. “This lab-produced opioid, described as 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, affects abusers, their families, friends, co-workers and the general public. The more that we can share with our residents about this drug and the help available, the better we can work together to protect our community.”

Fentanyl Awareness Week begins on Oct. 22 with a movie screening of “All the World is Sleeping” at the Hiland Theater in Albuquerque followed by a community discussion. The free-of-charge information sessions begin the next day and run through Oct. 30 at four locations in Bernalillo County and Sandoval County.

The topics being offered in Sandoval County are:

  • Navigating Treatment Services, 6-8 p.m.
  • Helping Family Members with Addictions, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Peer Support, the Gift of Perspective, 2-4 p.m.