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Fentanyl & Opioid Overdose Prevention​

CDPH continues to increase awareness about fentanyl and opioid overdose prevention to reduce stigma and protect the lives of Californians. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is a major contributor to drug overdose deaths. In 2021, there were nearly 6,000 opioid-related overdose deaths in California.

You can save lives and stop drug overdose by:

  • Knowing the signs of an overdose:  
    • Falling asleep or losing consciousness 
    • Doesn’t respond to stimuli like shouting, a pinch or sternum rub
    • Slow, weak or no breathing 
    • Choking or gurgling sounds 
    • Limp body 
    • Cold and/or clammy skin 
    • Discolored skin (especially in lips and nails)  
    • ​​​​Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils” ​

  • Carrying naloxone. Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. Naloxone is safe and easy to use and works almost immediately. It is now available over the counter, without a prescription at pharmacies, convenience stores, grocery stores and gas stations, as well as online.
  • Knowing what’s in your drugs. Where available, get your drugs tested by a local drug checking program There are also at-home test strips available to look for fentanyl, xylazine and benzodiazepines.
  • Never using alone. Get support from the Never Use Alone hotline at 1-800-484-3731​.
  • Having regular conversations with teens, young people and loved ones about the risks associated with fentanyl and mixing drugs, and how to help respond to an overdose to reduce the stigma around seeking help, treatment and care.
  • Sharing treatment resources, like the 24/7 National Helpline— 800-662-HELP (4357).

Learn more by visiting CDPH’s ​Fentanyl information page.

Use this tool​kit to share information about the risks of fentanyl and how to prevent overdose.

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​Soci​​al Media

Use the following images and messaging on social media to raise awareness about fentanyl.

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​​Naloxone Can Reverse Overdose

Suggested Mes​​saging

Learn to recognize the signs of overdose and use naloxone to save a life. go.CDPH.ca.gov/naloxone
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Many contain deadly doses of fentanyl

Social Media Messaging

People are dying from fentanyl overdose without ever knowing fentanyl was in their drugs. go.CDPH.ca.gov/fentanyl
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General Harm Reduction Mess​aging

Be a hero. Learn how to recognize an opioid overdose and be ready with naloxone.Recognize an opioid overdose
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Be a hero! Know how to recognize an opioid overdose and be read with naloxone, the medication that can reverse an overdose. Naloxone is now available without a prescription at pharmacies, convenience stores and grocery stores. It’s safe and easy to administer.

Learn more: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/sapb/Pages/Naloxone.aspx​

Naloxone is now available over the counter Recognize the signs of opioid overdose.
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Naloxone is a life-saving medication used to reverse an opioid overdose. Narcan, the name brand of naloxone, is now available over the counter without a prescription. You can purchase it in pharmacies, convenience and grocery stores, gas stations and online.

Learn more about naloxone at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/sapb/Pages/Over-the-Counter-(OTC)-Naloxone.aspx

Language matters. Reduce stigma by focusing on the person, not their condition
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Language matters. Using “person-first” language like “person with a substance use disorder,” focuses on the person, not their condition. Reducing stigma increases the likelihood that people will seek support. https://nida.nih.gov/nidamed-medical-health-professionals/health-professions-education/words-matter-terms-to-use-avoid-when-talking-about-addiction
What to do if you think someone is overdosing
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You can save a life by knowing what to do if you think someone is experiencing an opioid overdose.
  • Call 911 immediately
  • Administer naloxone, if available (now available over the counter)
  • Provide rescue breath if the person cannot breathe on their own
  • When the person starts breathing, lay them on their side to prevent choking
  • Stay with the person until emergency assistance arrives
In the case of an opioid overdose, rescue breathing can keep someone alive until help arrives, even if you don't have noloxone Clear the airway
Tilt head back, lift chin, pinch nose. give one breath every 5 seconds
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After you call 911, rescue breathing can keep someone experiencing an opioid overdose alive until help arrives, even if you don’t have naloxone.
  1. Clear the airway
  2. Tilt the head back, lift the chin and pinch nose
  3. Give one breath every 5 seconds
Recovery from substance use disorder is possible

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Recovery from substance use disorder isn’t easy, but it is possible. Recovery can happen in a variety of ways through:

  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Counseling and therapy
  • Narcotic treatment programs
  • Peer-led support groups
  • on your own, without formal intervention

If you our someone you love needs support around substance misuse, speak with a trusted medical provider or call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health National Helpline at (800) 662-4257.

Learn more: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/sapb/Pages/People-Who-Use-Drugs.aspx

​​Parent / Guardian Messaging​​

Start the conversation with your teen today

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Conversations can have a big impact. Talk to your teen about drugs and the risk of overdosing. Tips to start conversation:  

  1. Pick a neutral time with no distractions. 
  2. Be open and calm. 
  3. Be prepared and focus on the conversation. 
  4. Give teens the scientific facts and explain the reality and risks of using drugs. 
  5. Educate teens on naloxone, including how to use it and where to get it.   
  6. Express your love and care.  

Learn more how to talk to your teens: https://nida.nih.gov/publications/opioids-facts-parents-need-to-know/starting-conversation  

#StopTeenOverdose #TalkTheyHearYou #Fentanyl 

Twitter Messaging:
Conversations can have a big impact. Talk to your teen about drugs and the risk of overdosing. Be open and calm, give scientific facts, and Express your love and care.
Learn tips to start the conversation: https://nida.nih.gov/publications/opioids-facts-parents-need-to-know/starting-conversation
#Sto​pTeenOverdose
Don't let fentanyl cut short the dreams of your teens.

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Empower yourself and your teen with knowledge of how to stop drug overdoses and save lives. Talk with your teen about:  

  • The dangers of fentanyl 
  • The risks of mixing drugs 
  • How naloxone can save lives 
  • Reducing stigma around seeking help 

Learn more here: https://www.cdc.gov/stopoverdose  

#StopTeenOverdose #TalkTheyHearYou #Fentanyl

Twitter Messaging:
Empower your teen with knowledge to stop drug overdoses.
Talk with your teen about:  
  • Fentanyl 
  • Risks of mixing drugs 
  • How naloxone can save lives 
#StopTeenOverdose #Fentanyl
The rate of teenagers overdosing nationally has tripled in the past two years.

Suggested Messaging:
Does your teenager know the risks of opioid use? Some opioids like fentanyl are tasteless and odorless—even small amounts can cause an overdose. ANY pill bought through social media or even from a friend can contain deadly amounts of fentanyl. Start the conversation and #StopTeenOverdose #fentanyl  

Learn more about fentanyl: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/sapb/Pages/Fentanyl.aspx 

Twitter Messaging:
​Does your teenager know the risks of opioid use? Some opioids like fentanyl are tasteless and odorless—even small amounts can cause an overdose. ANY pill bought through social media or from a friend can contain deadly amounts of fentanyl. 

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Suggested Messaging

Aprende a reconocer las señales de una sobredosis y a usar naloxona para salvar una vida.
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/sapb/Pages/Naloxona.aspx

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El fentanilo se ha encontrado en drogas como cocaína, metanfetaminas, MDMA y pastillas falsas de Xanax, Aderall y otras.​
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/sapb/Pages/Fentanilo.aspx

​Harm Reduction Messaging

Fentanilo es hasta 50 veces más potente que la heroína y 100 veces más potente que la morfina.

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La recuperación del abuso de drogas no es fácil, pero es posible. La recuperación puede ocurrir de varias maneras a través de:
  • Tratamiento con medicamentos
  • Consejería y terapia
  • Programas de tratamiento de narcóticos
​Si tú o un ser querido necesita apoyo para combatir el abuso de drogas, habla con un proveedor médico de confianza o llama a la Línea de Ayuda Nacional de Salud Mental y Abuso de Sustancias al (800) 662-4357.

Twitter Messaging: 
La recuperación del abuso de drogas no es fácil, pero es posible. La recuperación puede ocurrir a través de:
  • Tratamiento con medicamentos
  • Consejería y terapia
  • Programas de tratamiento de narcóticos
Habla con un proveedor médico de confianza o llama a la Línea de Ayuda Nacional de Salud Mental y Abuso de Sustancias al (800) 662-4357.

​Parent / Guardian Messaging​​

Fentanilo

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Las conversaciones pueden tener un gran impacto. Habla con tu hijo adolescente sobre las drogas y el riesgo de sobredosis. Esta es una droga potencialmente fatal que se encuentra en pastillas y polvos en una variedad de colores brillantes, formas y tamaños. Consejos para iniciar una conversación: 

  1. Elige un tiempo neutral sin distracciones. 
  2. Mantente abierto y calmado. 
  3. Prepárate y concéntrate en la conversación. 
  4. Explícale a tu hijo los hechos científicos, la realidad y los riesgos del uso de drogas. 
  5. Educa a tu hijo sobre la naloxona, incluyendo cómo usarla y dónde obtenerla.   
  6. Exprésale tu amor y preocupación. 

Obtén más información sobre cómo hablar con tus hijos adolescentes: https://nida.nih.gov/publications/opioids-facts-parents-need-to-know/starting-conversation  

#DeténLaSobredosisDeJóvenes #HablaTeEscuchan​ #Fentanilo 

Fentanilo

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Empodérate a ti mismo y a tu hijo adolescente con información sobre cómo detener las sobredosis de drogas y salvar vidas. Habla con tu hijo adolescente sobre:  

  • Los peligros del fentanilo 
  • Los riesgos de mezclar drogas 
  • Cómo la naloxona puede salvar vidas 
  • Cómo reducir el estigma de pedir ayuda 

Obtén más información aquí: https://www.cdc.gov/stopoverdose

La tasa de adolescentes víctimas de sobredosis a nivel nacional se ha triplicado en los últimos dos años.

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¿Tu hijo adolescente conoce los riesgos del consumo de opioides? Algunos opioides como el fentanilo son insípidos e inodoros, incluso pequeñas cantidades pueden causar una sobredosis. Recientemente, se ha encontrado "fentanilo arcoíris" en los Estados Unidos, incluyendo California. CUALQUIER pastilla comprada a través de las redes sociales o incluso de un amigo puede contener cantidades mortales de fentanilo. Empieza la conversación y #DeténLaSobredosisDeJóvenes 

#fentalino 

Obtén más información sobre el fentanilo: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/sapb/Pages/Fentanyl.aspx ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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