The Real Deal on Fentanyl

More Americans are dying of drug overdoses than ever before. Why? A synthetic opioid called fentanyl is making drugs even more deadly.

Fentanyl 101

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Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that’s often manufactured illegally. It’s used to make drugs cheaply, including fake versions of prescription pills. Don’t be fooled.

Fentanyl is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.

Source: CDC
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In 2020, 76% of drug deaths in people ages 14-23 involved fentanyl.

Source: CDC
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Reduce the risk

Fake pills and other drugs made with fentanyl might look like the real thing, but they can be deadly. Find out how to keep yourself and others safe.

Help your friends

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Friends may be tempted to use drugs for a variety of reasons. Find ways to help.

Get support and treatment

Many people don't realize how common fentanyl is and how easy it is to overdose on pills and other drugs that contain it.

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Learn how to use naloxone

If someone overdoses, will you be ready? Know what an overdose looks like. Carry naloxone, a nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose.