Resources to help with Awareness and Prevention
An ounce of prevention
Communities across the United States are being impacted by the sharp increase in the use of counterfeit drugs, fake pills, and fentanyl. But there are many things that we can do in our everyday lives to help fight this problem.
An Ounce of Prevention empowers students with knowledge they can use to make healthy decisions and become advocates for prevention in their communities. Students will be introduced to a variety of individuals already working on the ground making a real difference:
One Pill Can Kill
What is Illicit Fentanyl
Illicit fentanyl and its analogues are very dangerous synthetic opioids, with high abuse potential and severe adverse effects including coma and death. They are used as adulterants in street heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, or as heroin substitutes sold to unaware users with a high risk of overdoses. Fentanyl and its analogues have also been identified in counterfeit medicinal products, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and alprazolam tablets, or as components of speedball mixtures together with cocaine or other stimulants.