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Hope Coalition is teaming up with community partners to raise awareness about the risks of fentanyl poisoning and to alert residents to a sharp increase in the lethality of fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills as part of the "One Pill Can Kill" campaign.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is the deadliest drug threat facing this country. It is a highly addictive synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Just two milligrams of fentanyl, the small amount that fits on the tip of a pencil, is considered a potentially deadly dose.
In the illicit drug market, fentanyl is usually sold as a white powder or counterfeit prescription pills that mimic common prescription medications, including Xanax, Oxycodone, and Adderall. More than half of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills now trafficked contain a potentially deadly dose of fentanyl. These drugs are easy to purchase and widely available.
The Henderson County Police Department is seizing fake pills at record rates and there has also seen a significant increase in street narcotics advertised as heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine that contain fentanyl.
What Can Parents Do?
Stay educated on current drug trends so you can teach your children. Sadly, one “experiment” with an illegal narcotic or a pill could be lethal. One pill can kill.
Facts About Fake Pills
What does a Fentanyl Overdose Look Like?
If you suspect a fentanyl overdose, immediately call 911. The symptoms of a potential overdose can include:
All Henderson County Police and Fire Department personnel are equipped with naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of fentanyl poisoning in most cases. Hope Coalition also offers free naloxone and medication lock boxes to the public.
This is a national program that was established in 1973 by the DEA. Help us raise awareness of the dangers of counterfeit pills.
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