National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day, August 21, 2022
On National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day, PSM is sharing three things you can do right now to protect your family from fentanyl.
- Watch our playlist of short videos about fake pills made with fentanyl.
- Get naloxone, which reverses opioid overdoses, and teach your family to use it.
- Educate your family with another family's story about losing a loved one to fentanyl
- Naloxone facts and formulations. Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services
- Facing Fentanyl Now and Voices for Awareness
- DEA Recognizes National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day, August 19, 2022
- PSM's Statement On Fentanyl Awareness Day August 17, 2022
Talk to Your Family About Fentanyl
Drug use among 14- to 18-year-olds is falling, but teen fatalities have doubled since 2019 as a result of counterfeit pills made with synthetic opioids like fentanyl. The drug is driving drug deaths across the U.S., and it is also commonly found in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA.
Make sure everyone you care about knows that only pills from licensed pharmacies are safe.
Families across the country wish they could have warned lost loved ones about counterfeit pills, and they're working hard to get the word out to all of us.
Need help with this conversation? Try these resources.
- Arizona: Talk Now AZ
- Connecticut's You Think You Know: Parent Resources
- Seattle and King County, Washington: Talking With Teens About Fentanyl:
- The Drug Enforcement Administration: One Pill Can Kill
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Opioids: Starting the Conversation
- Partnership to End Addiction: Preventing Drug Use: Connecting and Talking with Your Teen
- KidsHealth: Talking to Your Child About Drugs
- Song for Charlie: The site’s Working with Schools page offers strategies to get a fake pill curriculum into middle and high schools.
Write your Senator to get fentanyl analogues scheduled as controlled substances.
Tweet the AP: Ask them to call fentanyl pill deaths poisonings.
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Others spreading the word
Assn. of People Against Lethal Drugs (APALD)
Victims of Illicit Drugs (VOID)