How Dangerous is Fentanyl?
- Fentanyl is similar to morphine but 50-100 times more potent
- A small amount can cause an overdose
- In Shasta County, illicit fentanyl is causing an increase in overdose deaths
Where is Fentanyl Found?
- Fentanyl comes in many forms:
- White or colored powder or pills
- Fake pills made to look like prescription pills (e.g., fake Oxycontin, Xanax or Vicodin)
- Laced in other drugs including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or MDMA
Talk to Your Kids about the Dangers of Fentanyl
- It’s never too early to talk to your kids about drug use, especially the dangers of fentanyl.
- Tell your kids that all drugs, including pills, are potentially dangerous and may contain fentanyl.
- For more information on talking to your kids visit https://songforcharlie.org/the-new-drug-talk/
Safe Medication Practices
- All pain medications and opioids in the home should be securely stored away from youth to avoid potential misuse. Keep medications locked up, out of reach, and sight.
- For safe medication disposal locations, go to www.RxSafeShasta.com.
Responding to Fentanyl Overdose
- Naloxone, often known as Narcan, may be able to reverse fentanyl overdoses
- Fentanyl overdoses often also require treatment in the hospital because they can last longer than naloxone.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist about obtaining naloxone.
Dealing with Addiction?
- Treatment options are available and recovery happens!
- For more information on treatment and recovery visit the following:
More Resources on Fentanyl:
- Shasta County Fentanyl Story Map: Learn more about the rising fentanyl problem and how it’s affecting Shasta County
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH): Fentanyl: Find out more about what the CDPH is doing to address the growing fentanyl problem here in California.
- DEA: One Pill Can Kill: Learn more on the dangers of counterfeit pills and get access to resources for parents, teachers and educators
- CDC: Stop Overdose: Learn how to spot the signs of an opioid overdose and the lifesaving power of naloxone
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Fentanyl Drug Facts: Get the facts on fentanyl and how it can lead to addiction
- Ad Council: Drop the F*Bomb - Fentanyl: Learn how to talk to your kids about fentanyl and share the facts