First Ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day

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The first-ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day launches Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

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Visit the National Fentanyl Awareness Day website for more information.You can find additional social media, draft emails to share with partners, key messages, and more using the official toolkit.

Founded by parents who have lost loved ones to the drug overdose epidemic, National Fentanyl Awareness Day is supported by a group of subject matter experts, corporations, nonprofits, schools, families, and elected officials who are coming together to amplify the issue via social media.

The date was purposely set during Mental Health Awareness Month to amplify the warning message about self-medication at a time when counterfeit pills have flooded the illicit drug market. The goal is to leverage as many organizations and communication channels as possible to reach the most vulnerable demographics.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Illegally made fentanyl is a growing threat in the U.S. and is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses. 

In response to this issue, CDC developed sharable resources to protect the public from fentanyl-driven drug overdoses with our recent fentanyl campaign. Campaign resources include factsheets, videos, social media ads, and much more to explain the dangers of fentanyl and share ways to protect yourself, like the lifesaving medication naloxone.

This May 10th, take pause to learn about the growing fentanyl public health crisis, and take action to spread wide awareness and help prevent your loved ones from opioid overdose.


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