The Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District Easter Run, known as “The Bunny Hop,” went the “social distance” this year by going virtual. Valley-Wide, which operates more than 40 facilities, has been holding this popular family race for over 30 years as part of its mission: “to responsibly provide exceptional programs and quality park facilities that promote community involvement and healthy lifestyles.”

The Golden Era Productions Truth About Drugs Running Team, whose purpose is to promote drug-free living by raising awareness of the truth about harmful drugs, ran the Easter race through the Golden Era Productions campus.

They want to alert local families to an illegal drug that has been hitting this County hard – the synthetic painkiller fentanyl. Fentanyl, 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine, can kill in just two minutes after ingestion of only two grains. Riverside County reports 227 fentanyl-related deaths in 2020.

Dealers of illegal drugs are known to lace heroin and opioids such as oxycodone with fentanyl and sell it to unsuspecting users. The Riverside District Attorney is now charging fentanyl dealers with second degree murder in connection with deaths from fentanyl toxicity.

Golden Era Productions Truth About Drugs Running Team urges community partners to help save lives by increasing awareness of fentanyl and help young people make informed decisions to live drug-free lives.

The Truth About Drugs is the largest and most comprehensive international nongovernmental drug educational and prevention program.

Produced by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, its videos, booklets and teaching aids and free online courses are available in 20 languages.

According to educators, these hard-hitting materials make an impact on young people and get them involved in making important decisions about their own lives.

For more information on fentanyl, visit https://drugfreeworld.org/newsletter/issue13/the-truth-about-fentanyl.html

Golden Era Productions • Contributed

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