DEA reminds families to discuss the dangers of drugs before students return to school
OMAHA, Neb. — The Drug Enforcement Administration is reminding families to make time for conversations about the dangers of drug use as students prepare to return to school.
Methamphetamine and fake pill seizures remain high in South Dakota and the DEA wants to raise awareness to the drug marketing being used to target youth.
“We’ve seen methamphetamine pressed into pills shaped like marshmallows from cereal and fake pills laced with fentanyl made to look like Xanax, Adderall, Oxy and other legitimate pharmaceuticals,” DEA Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Justin C. King said. “In addition, drug cartels are trying to entice a younger audience through the use of social media and the dark web. Make no mistake, these organizations know exactly what they’re doing as they try to recruit their next life-long customer.”
The CDC has reported more than 108,000 overdose deaths in a 12-month span from Feb. 2021 to Feb. 2022 with synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, being the primary driver behind the increase in drug overdose deaths.
“It can be a hard conversation to start, but talk with the children in your life and help them realize the dangers that can come from experimenting and misusing drugs,” King said. “Kids are constantly asked to try new things. Let’s educate these students so that when presented with the temptation to experiment they make the choice to walk away and save themselves, their families and their communities the heartbreak of addiction, overdose and death.”
Four out of every 10 pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose, and the DEA started its One Pill Can Kill campaign as a response to the threat and to help those looking to learn more about the pills.