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Fentanyl conversation starter for teens

Linn Together is providing fentanyl facts and conversation starters to help guide parents conversations with their teens. 

A good starting point is to ask your teen, “What have you heard about fentanyl?” If they mention specific information, check and discuss the facts. Explain that knowing about fentanyl helps people stay safe. Listen to any questions or concerns they may have.

Each week, approximately 20 Oregonians die of drug overdose. More than half of these deaths involve synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. Right now, fake pills with fentanyl added to them are all over Oregon. These fake pills are extremely dangerous and are deceptively being sold as legitimate prescriptions. A single pill can cause overdose.

Urge your teens not to use any medications not prescribed to them. Let them know that even a pill from a friend may not be safe. For more information on the risks of fentanyl, visit the DEA’s website dea.gov/onepill. 

Linn Together can provide 3×3-inch card packs of fentanyl facts and conversation starters to Linn County schools and organizations while supplies last. Email [email protected] with request.

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