• Dangers of Synthetic Drugs

    The overuse and misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as the increasing use of counterfeit drugs and fake pills, is a serious public health threat. Prescription opioid medications, like morphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, are prescribed to treat pain, but are increasingly being misused. Additionally, counterfeit drugs and fake pills contaminated with lethal doses of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, have flooded the market, contributing to the opioid epidemic. Synthetic opioids (primarily fentanyl) are the main causes of overdose deaths.

    Tips for Parents and Caregivers One Pill Can Kill | DEA.gov

     — Encourage open and honest communication

     — Explain what fentanyl is and why it is so dangerous

     — Stress not to take any pills that were not prescribed to you from a doctor

     — No pill purchased on social media is safe

     — Make sure they know fentanyl has been found in most illegal drugs

     — Create an “exit plan” to help your child know what to do if they’re pressured to take a pill or use drugs


    San Diego County Office of Education’s website on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

    National Fentanyl Awareness Day

    Natural High Fentanyl Toolkit

    Substances and Substance use Disorder in San Diego