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District officials will host another safety symposium, inviting guests to talk about two issues impacting youth. 

The Lake Oswego School District is hosting a safety symposium next week in partnership with Homeland Security, Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership and BeSMART.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Lake Oswego High School library, the district invites families to join in for a night of "life-saving" informational sessions. The evening is will dive into topics ranging from firearms, substance use and preventative measures.

Guest speakers will provide the facts on critical safety issues that impact youth in the school district, community and across the nation.

Data from Education Week states that there have been 35 mass shootings on school grounds in 2022. The largest was in May when a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. During the safety symposium, families will learn "proactive strategies" around secure storage of firearms.

Families also will leave the event geared with more information around Oregon's fentanyl crisis and the importance of Narcan.

Fentanyl is an opioid used as a prescription painkiller, usually in the form of a pill. It is a sedative and slows breathing and heart rate. Two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal. A recent report by the Oregon Department of Education illustrates that overdose cases involving teenagers and young adults continue to rise. In early March, two Portland high school students died in accidental overdoses after consuming fentanyl.

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