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Fentanyl and Drug Overdose Resources

Drug overdoses, both fatal and nonfatal, have become an epidemic in Missouri, including here in Clay County.

In 2020, the CDC reported 76% of drug deaths in people ages 14-23 involved fentanyl. 

Fentanyl poisoning is the most common type of overdose that often leads to death. Just 2 milligrams of fentanyl, equal to 10 to15 grains of table salt, is considered a lethal dose. Seven out of ten DEA-tested pills laced with fentanyl are potentially deadly. Illegally manufactured fentanyl is often found laced in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and in counterfeit pills that are sold as something else - like Xanax, Percocet, or Oxycodone. People who purchase these counterfeit and illegal drugs have no idea they are taking fentanyl and often end up being poisoned, leading to overdose and death.

To help fight the fentanyl problem, you can:

  • Talk to your children. Tell them that ANY pill or drug they get from a friend or purchased online or off of the street could be a counterfeit pill containing fentanyl. Only take medication that is prescribed by a doctor, purchased at a pharmacy, and approved by parents or guardians.   
  • Learn about the fentanyl crisis and help spread the word that this is a dangerous situation, using the below resources as a starting-point.

Parent Resources

  • Parent Up KC 
    • Parent Up is a Northland organization based in Clay, Platte, and Ray counties in and around Kansas City, Missouri. Parent Up strives to eliminate youth substance use.
  • Song For Charlie 
    • Raises awareness about fake pills made of fentanyl, among youth and parents. It includes video resources, flyers, posters, stickers, and social media content.
  • Wyatt’s Story 
    • Wyatt tragically passed away at age 23 after taking a pill he thought was Xanax, but was actually laced with the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. By sharing Wyatt's story, his mother Julie hopes to save other families from tragedy and heartache.


Helpful Websites

    • A Resource for Parents, Educators, and Caregivers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
    • The DEA has joined forces with Discovery Education to provide no-cost online tools that support every member of the community with the power of prevention. Help kickstart life-saving conversations today with standards-aligned English & Spanish-language resources for students in grades 3-12, plus additional resources designed for educators, families, and professionals.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Stop Overdose 
    • Facts on Fentanyl, polysubstance use, naloxone, stigma reduction and implementation toolkits.