The Rise of Fentanyl
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid, similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent. In its prescription form it is prescribed for pain, but fentanyl is also made illegally and distributed as a street drug. Illegal fentanyl is sold as a powder or made into pills that look like real prescription opioids (pain relievers).
What YOU can do
MONITOR your child’s texts and social media.
Because substances, including counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl, are being bought and sold through texting and social media sites, be sure to monitor where your children go online: ask about who they follow and what they are seeing and hearing online. Before allowing your child to go online and set up accounts consider having them sign a social media safety contract.
TALK with your child about NEVER taking a pill that’s not prescribed to them.
It’s never too early to have a conversation about alcohol and other drugs. The sooner you talk about the dangers of underage drinking and substance use, the greater chance you have of influencing your child’s decisions about using them.
Get the FACTS on Fentanyl.
When you talk with your child, don’t leave out the details. Be specific about fentanyl and the dangers of its use. Let your child know that it is being sold as counterfeit OxyContin”, Xanax”, and other prescription drugs. Knowing one of these pills could be deadly, a child may consider the consequences of trying one of these too risky.
Even if you don’t think your child is taking pills,
talking with them could be the reason they never do.