#1: Fentanyl PSA Lesson
The most important thing you can do right now is watch this 6-minute life-saving video with your kids or students.
Step 1: Watch
Ways to Watch
Step 2: Discuss
- What did you learn about fentanyl?
- What would you say to a friend of yours who is planning on trying a substance that might be laced with fentanyl?
- What would you say to a friend of yours who offers you a substance they swear is safe?
- What could you do to share the film and this message with your circle of friends?
Step 3: Share
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#2: Fentapill Lesson
In 2022, the DEA confiscated over 50+ million counterfeit pills, and 6 out of 10 pills contained a lethal dose of fentanyl. This lesson educates kids grades 6-12 on the prevalence and dangers of counterfeit prescription pills.
- Fentapill fact sheet
- “What is a fentapill” short video from partner
- Script on fentanyl for students to read aloud
- Discussion questions
- Engaging Kahoot! or printable quiz
- Parent send-home resource on fentanyl
More Fentanyl Resources
Check out our additional life-saving resources and printable posters (English and Spanish) on fentanyl.
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Fentanyl is a potent prescription synthetic opioid drug approved by the FDA for pain relief and anesthetic. Prescription opioids are powerful drugs with a high risk for dependency. Fentanyl is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. A lethal dose of fentanyl is the size of 2 grains of salt.
While you should be concerned about all youth substance use, fentanyl is different because it's so deadly. According to data from the CDC, in 2020 there was a 560% increase in overdose deaths fueled by fentanyl. In the illicit drug market, fentanyl is being mixed with other drugs, such as cocaine, oxycodone, and Adderall. Criminal drug networks are flooding the market with fake pills and other drugs laced with fentanyl. Kids aren't intentionally looking for fentanyl, and they're unaware it's been added to the substances they're seeking. As a result, kids are being poisoned by fentanyl at a staggering rate.
Fake prescription pills and other illicit substances are easily accessible and often sold on social media and e-commerce platforms making them available to anyone with a smartphone, including minors. Those at risk include casual users, partygoers, experimenters, regular users, and even unsuspecting bystanders who may come into contact with the powerful opioid.
Education is a key part of helping today’s youth make healthy choices. They need accurate information from trusted sources. That’s why your role is so crucial when it comes to the fentanyl crisis. Neither kids today nor their parents are aware of the growing dangers of fentanyl poisoning. Research has shown that kids who have opportunities to discuss the harms of drug use with caring adults fare much better. So, we encourage you to both watch the film together and have a discussion using the questions we created in the Natural High Fentanyl Toolkit. Even if substance use is the last thing you need to worry about with your kid or your students, perhaps their awareness could save a friend.
Counterfeit pills are fake medications that have different ingredients than the actual medication and sold as the real thing. Fake pills have a 60% chance of being laced with a lethal amounts of fentanyl. These counterfeit pills, also known as “fentapills”, are driving the significant increase in youth overdose deaths. Fentapills are made to look just like prescription drugs such as oxycodone (Oxycontin®, Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), and alprazolam (Xanax®); or stimulants like amphetamines (Adderall®). Fake prescription pills are easily accessible and often sold on social media.
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I have been searching for videos to show teens for years. This is beyond impressive – I showed my two teenage kids and they shared it with their friends. It really got to them. Real facts and with emotion. I am beyond grateful to you. Keep them coming – you are saving lives! Thank you.
I have my students create a natural high presentation of their own. Thank you for putting together these materials. I have used them in my middle school and high school health classes for the past 10 years or so.
I absolutely love the Natural High series and use it for my 5th and 6th grades during the month of October. My 6th grade teachers enjoyed it so much, and the kids absolutely love them. It has been an integral part of drug awareness and trying to make a life-long impact on our students.
Thanks again for the valuable resources. I’ll be using them throughout the year because my students enjoyed the Red Ribbon Week videos so much. Glad to partner with Natural High to make a positive impact on our children!
We had a productive talk, watched the video, and talked a bit more. My son (age 13) was engaged in the video and we stopped it a few times to discuss and explain different things. It was also really helpful to my husband and I in educating us on fentanyl and teen drug use. The Natural High website is an excellent resource that we will continue to go back to in order to keep the conversation going!
We showed several of your videos during RRW to our middle school students. We received a lot of positive responses from teachers and students. I have been showing your videos for 15 years. I appreciate everything you have done to promote a drug free lifestyle to students.