Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as an analgesic (pain relief) and anesthetic. It is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin as an analgesic. The amount of fentanyl shown in the photo above is a lethal amount.
Fentanyl is now found in all illicit drugs sold on the street including heroin, meth, cocaine, as well as in counterfeit pills such as oxycodone (M-30 or blues), Xanax and Adderall. There is no safe amount of fentanyl—just two-thousandths of a gram can cause immediate death. Please see the below fact sheets for more resources on Fentanyl.
Resources for Talking to Young People
Every young person needs to have a discussion with a caring adult about the dangers of experimenting with substances. Whether you’re a parent or an educator, you can have the right conversation to potentially save a life.
Below are some toolkits specifically geared towards young people:
• One Pill Can Kill: Parent Resources (toward bottom of page on PDF)
• Forward Together Colorado: an innovative program by the State of Colorado to help parents and teens become more connected.
Youth portal: We’re Forward Together — a movement by youth and for youth in Colorado. No matter where you are or how you feel today, we’re here to help you connect and remind you that you’re not alone. Connection is always possible.
Parent portal: The quality of your relationship with youth has real, positive outcomes for both you and them. This is a great place to start to find ideas, conversation starters and resources on topics ranging from hobbies and conflict to substance abuse and mental health.