Our Goals + Purpose
The FentaNIL Project is a student-led initiative focused on mitigating the impact of the opioid crisis through education and harm reduction strategies. We train campus and community members to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, and distribute take-home naloxone kits. We also focus on educating the public about the synthetic opioid crisis, how it’s impacting our communities, and the efficacy of harm reduction strategies.
For our efforts, we have received a University of Alberta Wellness Champion Award in 2018/19, and the Student Group of the Year Award from the University of Alberta Students’ Union in 2019/20. We have also received a Heroes for Health Grant from the University of Alberta Healthy Campus Unit to develop Fentanyl Test Kits. This is currently an ongoing project, and we are very excited to share the results with you!
How We Started
In 2018, The FentaNIL Project was founded at the University of Alberta by Mason Schindle. Here’s what he has to say about why he started TFP:
“Like thousands of other families across Canada, my impetus for launching TFP stems from the harmful impact that synthetic opioids have had on friends and family close to me. Deeply concerned about progressive exacerbation of synthetic opioids and overdose deaths in Canada, I started TFP with the goal of augmenting overdose prevention throughout Canada, including underserved rural communities.– Mason Schindle, Founder
Importantly, TFP functions at both the individual and systemic level. We not only provide individuals with the knowledge and tools to respond effectively to an opioid overdose, but we strongly focus on deconstructing the stigma attached to addiction and substance use, and highlight the systemic failures and catalysts that continue to negatively impact this marginalized population. Overall, through advocacy, outreach, education, and research, we strive to play an active role in tangibly blunting the effects of the ongoing overdose crisis in Canada.”
Where We Are Now
Since The FentaNIL Project was founded, we have trained over 600 campus and community members with the administration of naloxone. We are working to educate the public on the synthetic opioid crisis and the harm reduction strategies that aim to ameliorate the detrimental effects. We have expanded from the University of Alberta, and now have branches at 4 universities across Western Canada. We hope to continue to educate community members and expand our reach. We have a couple of exciting ongoing projects, so stay tuned to our social media to hear more about those!