Media Advisory: March 25 Community Forum on Fentanyl & Life Saving Narcan Training

March 24, 2023

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Montgomery County and Montgomery Goes Purple will be hosting a community forum on fentanyl. Panelists will share important information on the dangers and prevalence of fentanyl, prevention tools and protective factors for students, and resources for treatment when needed. 

Following the panel, there will be breakout sessions in English and Spanish for parents/caregivers. Training and distribution of Narcan kits, a medication used to help reverse an overdose, will be provided. 

The Community Opioid Prevention & Education (C.O.P.E.) trailer (a mock teen bedroom) will be available for tours to learn signs of substance use. 

Please note: The breakout sessions portion of the program will not be open to the media, however, we will have speakers available after the panel for interview. 

WHAT: A community forum on dangers of fentanyl to raise awareness, support prevention, response and recovery. 

WHERE: Paint Branch High School, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866

WHEN: Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


  • Dr. Patricia Kapunan, MCPS School System Medical Officer 

  • Mr. Will Jawando, Montgomery County Councilmember

  • Laura Mitchell, Montgomery Goes Purple 

  • Dr. Afie A. Mirshah-nayar, Principal of Paint Branch High School

  • Dr. Rolando Santiago, Chief, Behavior Health and Crisis, Montgomery County DHHS

Members of the media are asked to contact to RSVP.

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