The landscape of illicit drug use is constantly changing as drug dealers and users adapt to legal, economic, and recreational trends. The sad news is that illicit drug use in our country is now more deadly than ever. No drug has contributed to this steep rise in overdose deaths than fentanyl. Fentanyl is involved in more American youth drug deaths than heroin, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and prescription drugs combined. Many of our citizens are not familiar with fentanyl and why it is so deadly. We encourage you to review this primer presented on National Fentanyl Awareness Day. You may want to consider downloading the toolkit provided in this resource and sharing it with your colleagues.
You will be pleased to know that overall drug use by teens has decreased in recent years. Although overall use has decreased overdose deaths involving teens has increased dramatically. This can be attributed to the inclusion of fentanyl in recreational drugs, often without the user’s knowledge. The lacing of fake prescription pills, like counterfeit Xanax, Percocet, and Oxycontin, can be especially lethal. It is important that teens are made aware of this trend.