DEA recognizes National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day
OMAHA, Neb. — The Drug Enforcement Administration will be recognizing August 21 as National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day as a way to educate the public on the dangers of fentanyl poisoning from fake pills and other illicit drugs.
“Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “From large cities to rural America, no community is safe from the presence of fentanyl. DEA is proud to work with families who have been affected by fentanyl poisonings to spread the word and to save lives.”
DEA supports the efforts of several organizations to amplify nationwide efforts to increase awareness of the highly addictive and dangerous drugs containing fentanyl that continue driving the opioid epidemic. Some of those organizations include the Alexander Neville Foundation, Blue Plaid Society, Facing Fentanyl, Voices for Awareness and V.O.I.D.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is approximately 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. It is inexpensive, widely available, highly addictive and potentially lethal.
Drug traffickers are increasingly mixing fentanyl with other illicit drugs in powder and pill form to drive addiction and create repeat customers. Many fentanyl poisoning victims are unaware that fentanyl is in the substance they are ingesting.
According to the CDC, an estimated 107,622 people in the United States died of drug overdoses and poisonings in 2021, with 67% of those deaths involving synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Only two milligrams of fentanyl is a potentially lethal dose.