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Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid prescribed by doctors to treat pain. When it's made illegally and mixed with other drugs, it can be dangerous.

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Fentanyl is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.


In 2020, 76% of drug deaths in people ages 14-23 involved fentanyl.


The DEA Laboratory has found that, of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed in 2022, 60% now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl.


Fentanyl clumps together, so it's not evenly distributed in a batch of drugs. If you have four pills, one can be fatal even if the others aren't.

Low quality, high risk

Fentanyl can be made cheaply from chemicals. It’s mixed with other drugs to make them stronger. Fentanyl is found in cocaine, methamphetamines, molly/MDMA, and counterfeit pills that look like real medication.

Even if you know and trust the person who gave you the drug, it still could contain fentanyl. Learn the signs of an overdose, and be prepared to act.

Fentanyl Q&A

2 mg of fentanyl is considered a lethal dose. That's about the size of a few grains of sand.

You can’t see, smell, or taste if a drug contains fentanyl. Fentanyl test strips can show if fentanyl is present, but not how much.

Important: Fentanyl test strips are only legal in some states. Use this guide to check if they are legal near you.

No. This is a myth. You can't overdose by touching fentanyl or being near it.

If you're with someone who overdoses, you’re not in danger. Stay with them and be prepared to act. You could save their life.

Yes. Naloxone can reverse a fentanyl overdose, and it's easy to use. But because fentanyl is so strong, you may need several naloxone doses. If someone shows signs of an overdose, call 911.

Illegal drug makers and dealers want to make more money. Because fentanyl is strong and cheap to manufacture, they mix it into other drugs to stretch their supply. This makes every dose a gamble, because the people taking the drugs have no idea how much fentanyl they're getting.

Some people have heard about fentanyl overdoses, but don’t know how widespread the problem is. Others may not be aware of fentanyl at all. You can help save lives by spreading the word and sharing with your parents.