Fentanyl - What You Need to Know

Fentanyl Awareness

Fentanyl is involved in more American youth drug deaths than heroin, meth, cocaine, benzos and Rx drugs COMBINED.

Among teenagers, overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids like fentanyl tripled in the past two years, yet 73% have never heard of fake prescription pills being made with fentanyl. (CDC)




A potent synthetic opioid made in a lab. 

    • *Up 50x stronger than heroin and 100x stronger than morphine.
      *A few grains of sand worth can be lethal.
    • *In Medical settings it is used as a pain reliever like oxycodone and morphine. 
    • *Two types of fentanyl: medical grade (prescribed by a doctor) and illegally made (illicit).





Fentanyl is very cheap and extremely addictive. Drug dealers are dangerously mixing illicit fentanyl with, and disguising it as, other common drugs like oxy, percocet and xanax to increase profits. This process is not regulated and does not undergo any kind of quality control. As little as two milligrams of fentanyl (two grains of sand) can kill a person.


Fentanyl is everywhere: an estimated 250-500 million pills made with fentanyl are in circulation in the U.S. at any time, not including powder drugs made with fentanyl such as cocaine, MDMA (molly/ecstasy), or heroin.


The practice of cutting drugs with fentanyl is relatively new, so public awareness is low. Educating the public about this crisis is the first step to reversing the tragic outcomes.




  • Fentanyl is often found in non-pharmaceutical  made pills that look like, and are sold as, oxy, percocet, xanax, vicodin, cocaine and more. 

  • Fentanyl is extremely potent. As little as two milligrams of fentanyl, an amount equal to two grains of sand, can kill a person.

  • Fentanyl is involved in more deaths of Americans under 50 than any other cause of death, including heart disease, cancer, and all other accidents.

  • Any “prescription” pill you don’t directly get from a pharmacy, or any powder form drugs purchased from a friend/drug dealer, may contain a lethal dose of fentanyl. Real prescription drugs are not available on Instagram or Snapchat. These drugs are not regulated.





Know the signs of an overdose: Loss of consciousness, unresponsiveness, irregular breathing, and inability to speak are a few of the signs to look out for.


Be prepared to call for help: If you witness someone experiencing the symptoms of an overdose, call 911 and request emergency medical services. 47 states and D.C. have enacted Good Samaritan laws, which provide immunity to those who call emergency services when experiencing or witnessing an overdose







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