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PSA: Fentanyl


Last updated 12/22/2021 at 11:54pm

PSA: Fentanyl

Hello my name is Josie. I am here to update on TOR program – please see the report in the booklet. I wanted to mention we are working on starting our own clinic, Asniyapi Field Health Clinic – services will include Medication for Addiction Treatment or MAT.

Covid pandemic has overshadowed the opioid epidemic. We want to take this opportunity to let you know that Fentanyl is in our community. Fentanyl is an opioid that can be 50-100 times stronger then Morphine. Today at lunch/supper take a salt shaker and try to shake out 3-4 grains of salt, that is all that is needed to overdose.

The DEA has sent out warnings about the increase in the lethality (death potential) and availability of fake prescription pills containing Fentanyl. The agency states that more than 9.5 million counterfeit pills were seized so far this year nationwide. In our area the increase has been noticed, especially with the youth and young adults. Fentanyl is being added into other drugs like methamphetamine and marijuana. Drug dealers are pressing fentanyl to look like prescription medication such as Percocet or even Ativan. (SEE PICTURE OF FENTANYL/OXYCODONE). It is also being mixed in with Marijuana and Meth.

Fentanyl is all manmade – dealers can make it at home without any regulation or consistency in ingredients. It is reported 2 out of every 5 of those pills has a lethal dose of Fentanyl. Like Russian roulette. Unless you are getting medications from an actual pharmacy where the opioids are regulated and made in a lab, you can never be sure what the substances from the street are right now.

Denying that it could happen to you is an incredibly dangerous mindset to have. We have seen these pills on our area! Relatives are overdosing and some are dying. I am very concerned, I am taking it personal and so should you. I encourage all relatives in the community to be aware and know the warning signs – talk to your children and your family. Please watch the documentary Killer High: The Silent Crisis. (You can google this and it will come up). The short clip explains that your children can order up Fentanyl from their phone in the same room and you have no idea. Then someone comes to the door and gives it to them. The parents say "we didn't know." The person on the film states "How can you not know." We have opioids here, readily available. We wanted to take this opportunity to tell you. Please be aware.


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