What You Need to Know About Fentanyl
On September 27, 2021, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued its first Public Safety Alert since 2015 to warn the American public of “the alarming increase in the lethality and availability of fake prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. Fake prescription pills are widely accessible and often sold on social media and e-commerce platforms – making them available to anyone with a smartphone, including teens and young adults. These counterfeit pills have been seized by DEA in every U.S. state, and in unprecedented quantities.”
In response, the DEA launched the One Pill Can Kill campaign to educate the American public of the dangers of fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 – 100 times stronger than morphine. While fentanyl can be prescribed by a doctor, synthetic fentanyl is now being illegally added to counterfeit pills, nasal spray and eye drops, or sold as a powder.
Synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are the most common drugs involved in US overdose deaths. It is important to know the sign. The signs of an overdose from opioids like fentanyl include:
See resources below and watch our video presentation What You Need to Know About Fentanyl in partnership with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital to learn more about the dangers of fentanyl and how to protect your child and others.
- ‘1 Pill Can Kill’: Officials Warn About Fake Prescription Drugs Laced with Fentanyl (video)
- What is Fentanyl from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
- What Every Parent Needs to Know About Fentanyl
- 10 Signs Your Teen is Using Opioids
- Buying Drugs Online – What You Should Know & How to Protect Your Kids
- Song for Charlie
- 10 Strategies to Protect Your Young Person from Using Drugs
- Tips for Teens
- McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition
- Live4Lali – a local organization that works to reduce stigma and prevent substance use disorders among individuals, families, and communities. Services include overdose and harm reduction resources such as Narcan and fentanyl test strips.