From Stop The Void’s resource page on fentanyl
CDC article providing basic information about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin. It explains the two types of fentanyl, pharmaceutical and illicitly manufactured, and their respective uses. The article also highlights the dangers of fentanyl-laced drugs and provides tips for detecting them.
Information on naloxone
CDC article providing a brief overview of naloxone, a life-saving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. It explains how naloxone works, how to use it, and why it’s important to carry it.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Research topics page of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a federal agency supporting scientific research on drug use and addiction. This webpage contains some valuable resources for parents and educators on a broad range of topics surrounding drug use.
Treatment eBook from Partnership for Drug Free Kids—a guide for parents of teens struggling with addiction. It explains various treatment options and covers topics such as choosing the best treatment for your child and how to pay for it. The eBook also provides advice from others who have gone through similar experiences.
An educational guide to inform parents of mental health struggles teens battle every day :
Advice for parents of teens struggling with mental health issues. It presents statistics on the prevalence of mental illness among teens and explains the importance of talking openly about mental health issues and identifying situations where seeking help from professionals may be necessary.
A comprehensive guide on behavioral and physical signs of substance use in teenagers. The article provides tips on what parents can do if their child is using substances, including ways to become involved in their child’s life and specific boundaries they can set at home.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
800-622-HELP (4357); or text your 5-digit ZIP Code to 435748
National Drug Helpline
Partnership for Drug Free Kids
Text CONNECT to 55753
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
From Song For Charlie:
These are examples of a few well-done community fentanyl education programs. Though they were created by local communities, these resources could be helpful for anyone and could be used as models for other communities.
You Think You Know (CT): Education, youth and parent Resources
Information about the dangers of fake prescription drugs, where young people get prescription drugs, and how to prevent prescription drug misuse. The organization also offers resources for parents, teens, and educators on social media safety and provides links to find treatment and support services.
Fighting Fentanyl in Placer County (CA): Public service announcements, “One Pill Can Kill” assemblies in schools
Placer County (CA) DA’s Office “One Pill Can Kill campaign,” direct messaging to schools through a speaker panel on the risks of fentanyl.
Substance Abuse Coalition Leaders of Arizona Fentanyl Toolkit (AZ): Downloadable resources related to fentanyl, counterfeit pills, naloxone, and more.
Natural High Fentanyl Toolkit: Includes 6-minute explainer video and discussion questions.
Avoid Opioids- Counterfeit Drugs (SD): Written resources and infographics on a variety of drugs and distinguishing real pills from counterfeit.
DEA One Pill Campaign: General facts, statistics, and graphics on fake pills.
DEA Operation Prevention Counterfeit Drug School Resources: Downloadable educator guide and video series created for grades 9-12 about counterfeit drugs.
CDC Stop Overdose: Resources for understanding opioids, stopping overdose, and what addiction treatment may look like.
CADCA/CDC/HHS Practical Theorist 13: Fentanyl: Why Fentanyl/Why Now (January 2023): Information and cost breakdown for attending a CADCA training.
DEA Just Think Twice: Videos, articles, quizzes, and more on substance use—messaging directed at teens.
Two books by Robert Meyers:
These two books explain a system of intervention called Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), based on supportive and non-confrontational methods to engage those who abuse substances into treatment. The books offers simple exercises that readers can practice at their own pace.