Deadly counterfeit pills made with fentanyl and other substances have poisoned Americans in all walks of life, many of whom had no idea that the pills they were taking weren’t “the real thing.”
Victims in their teens and 20s have been disproportionately affected, and it is incredibly important that they know that fake prescription pills are out there, and one pill could cost them their lives.
Educators play a crucial role in getting this information to students, but they need tools to do it. This page gathers examples of toolkits for middle school through college age students. You can use these kits to develop educational material for your institution.
If you're a parent who wants their school to adopt a curriculum visit Song For Charlie's Working with Schools page for strategies.
Song for Charlie works with experts, educators, parents and other influencers to raise awareness about counterfeit fentanyl pills. Ed and Mary Ternan founded the nonprofit after a fake pill killed their son and they realized that young people had no idea about the scope of the problem.
High school & up
Generation Rx toolkit by the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and the Cardinal Health Foundation
Education about medicine safety and the dangers of prescription drug misuse, rather than counterfeit prescription medicine.
Videos / PSAs
- Fake Pills Shatter Central Valley Families - Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health with Travis Jacobson's family
- Real Talk about Counterfeit Pills - Song for Charlie
- Pressed pills PSA - Change the Outcome
- What is Fentanyl? Answers from Public Health - Public Health Seattle and King County
- Smart Moves Smart Choices - National Association of School Nurses