Fentanyl is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin as an analgesic. The amount of fentanyl shown in the photo above is a lethal amount.
Fentanyl is now found in all illicit drugs sold on the street including heroin, meth, cocaine, as well as in counterfeit pills such as oxycodone (M-30 or blues), Xanax and Adderall. There is no safe amount of fentanyl—just two-thousandths of a gram can cause immediate death. Please see the below fact sheets for more resources on Fentanyl.
Let's Talk Fentanyl Events
Summit County Public Health and the Summit County Sheriff events in Summit County in 2022 to raise awareness to families, students, and individuals about the danger of fentanyl, how to spot fake drugs, and steps people can take to avoid it and reverse an overdose. The videos can be viewed here: Let's Talk Fentanyl, Presented by Summit County Public Health
Resources for Talking to Young People
Every young person needs to have a discussion with a caring adult about the dangers of experimenting with substances. Whether you’re a parent or an educator, you can have the right conversation to potentially save a life.
Below are some toolkits specifically geared towards young people:
• One Pill Can Kill: Parent Resources (toward bottom of page on PDF)
• Forward Together Colorado: an innovative program by the State of Colorado to help parents and teens become more connected.
Youth portal: We’re Forward Together — a movement by youth and for youth in Colorado. No matter where you are or how you feel today, we’re here to help you connect and remind you that you’re not alone. Connection is always possible.
Parent portal: The quality of your relationship with youth has real, positive outcomes for both you and them. This is a great place to start to find ideas, conversation starters and resources on topics ranging from hobbies and conflict to substance abuse and mental health.
Reversing an Opioid Overdose
According to the most current statewide data, in 2020, 1,477 Coloradans died of drug overdoses – the most overdose deaths ever recorded in the state, and a 38% increase from 2019. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist medication that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose.
Naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of an opioid overdose.
Where to Get Narcan/Naloxone in Summit County
Summit County Public Health is now a Naloxone distribution site. Any member of the public may pick up Naloxone, at no charge, at Public Health during business hours. 360 Peak One Drive #230, Monday through Friday 8am-5pm.
Trainings on substance use prevention and the administration of Naloxone are available on a monthly basis or by special request for businesses. To sign up for one of our monthly in person trainings, please visit this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d44a8aa2da4fbc07-naloxone