“Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered,” said Administrator Anne Milgram. “Fentanyl is everywhere. From large metropolitan areas to rural America, no community is safe from this poison. We must take every opportunity to spread the word to prevent fentanyl-related overdose death and poisonings from claiming scores of American lives every day.”
Faces of Fentanyl
DEA has created a special exhibit, The Faces of Fentanyl, to commemorate the lives lost from fentanyl poisoning. If you would like to submit a photo of a loved one lost to fentanyl, please send* their name, age, and photograph to email@example.com, or post a photo and their name to social media using the hashtag #JustKNOW.
*By submitting photographs and sharing your story, you authorize the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the right to use these materials without limitation.
The DEA Faces of Fentanyl Wall exhibit is located at DEA Headquarters, at 700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. Visitors can view the wall Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please note: DEA Headquarters is a federal building, and visitors must comply with security rules and procedures. Guests over the age of 18 must present a valid government issued photo ID. All bags, purses, etc., will be screened, and guests will be required to step through a metal detector.
National Fentanyl Awareness Day (May 10, 2022)
National Fentanyl Awareness Day aims to amplify nationwide efforts to increase awareness and decrease demand for fentanyl, which is a highly addictive synthetic opioid that continues to drive the overdose epidemic.
DEA Recognizes First Ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day
WASHINGTON – In an effort to save lives, DEA is proud to join “Song for Charlie” and many of our valued public health, non-profit, and law enforcement partners in recognizing the first ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day. This day is an effort to educate individuals around the dangerous threat that fentanyl poses to the safety, health, and national security of the American people.
According to the CDC, 107,375 people in the United States died of drug overdoses and drug poisonings in the 12-month period ending in January 2022. A staggering 67 percent of those deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Some of these deaths were attributed to fentanyl mixed with other illicit drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, with many users unaware they were actually taking fentanyl. Only two milligrams of fentanyl is considered a potentially lethal dose; it’s particularly dangerous for someone who does not have a tolerance to opioids.
National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day (August 21, 2022)
DEA will observe August 21, 2022 as National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day.
According to the group, Facing Fentanyl, this day was established in remembrance of loved ones that died from fentanyl poisoning and acknowledge the devastation this drug has brought to thousands of affected family members and friends. This is a day of coordinated response for fentanyl awareness organizations and affected family members to come together, sharing their lived experiences as a whole group to warn our youth and the public about the dangers of fentanyl.
Learn more about the danger of illicit fentanyl at https://facingfentanylnow.org or www.dea.gov/onepill.
- DEA’s Fentanyl Fact Sheet - Get Smart About Drugs
- Facts about Fentanyl (dea.gov)
- Fake Pills Fact Card - Get Smart About Drugs
- For Parents: How to Start a Conversation With Your Child
- For Parents en espanol
- For Teens: One Pill Can Kill | Just Think Twice
- Higher Education: Campuses Amplify DEA’s ‘One Pill Can Kill’ Public Awareness Campaign | Campus Drug Prevention
- Drugs of Abuse
- Drug Education and Prevention
- DEA’s "One Pill Can Kill" Flickr album: fake pill and drug photos
- www.JustThinkTwice.com (for teens)
- www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com (for parents, caregivers, and teachers)
- www.CampusDrugPrevention.gov (for teachers and college campus community leaders/advisors)
- Recovery Resources (dea.gov)
- What Every Parent and Caregiver Needs to Know About Fake Pills
- Lo que todo padre y cuidador debe saber sobre las PASTILLAS FALSAS
- How Teens Misuse Medicine
- Buying Drugs Online – What You Should Know & How to Protect Your Kids
- 10 Strategies to Prevent Your Young Person from Using Drugs
- Growing Up Drug Free - a Parent's Guide to Prevention
SAMHSA's National Helpline
Also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental health and substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery, in English and Spanish.
Assists employers and union representatives with policy development, drug testing, employee assistance, employee education, supervisor training, and program implementation.
Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids. Naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped because of an opioid overdose.
- Naloxone Drug Facts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Opioid Overdose Toolkit | SAMHSA
- Naloxone for Opioid Overdose: Life-Saving Science | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Is naloxone accessible? | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- The Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative | NIH HEAL Initiative
- Medications to Treat Opioid Disorder | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Buprenorphine Practitioner & Treatment Program Locator
Find information on locating practitioners and treatment programs authorized to treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers, at SAMSHA.gov.
Opioid Treatment Program Directory
Find treatment programs in your state that treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers at Opioid Treatment Program Directory.
Find out more about these treatment topics:
- SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator: Confidential and anonymous source for individuals seeking treatment facilities for substance use disorder, addiction, and mental health concerns.
- Find a Health Center: Some health centers provide mental health and substance use disorder services. Contact the health center directly to confirm availability of specific services and to make an appointment.
- Fentanyl Facts - CDC
- Naloxone DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse - (NIDA) (nih.gov)
- Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Fentanyl - CDC
- Protect Friends and Family with Lifesaving Naloxone - CDC
- Stop Overdose Website | Español (Spanish) - CDC
- Drug-Free Communities (DFC) - CDC
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