What should I share with my kids about fentanyl?

Try saying, “I care about you and want you to live a long, healthy life. That’s why I think we need to talk about fentanyl. It’s a VERY powerful drug that is getting mixed into a lot of pills and powders. Often, people don't realize they are even taking fentanyl, but taking it can lead to an overdose and even death.”


  • Explain that because so many drugs now contain fentanyl, experimenting with drug use has become a lot more risky. People can’t see, smell, or taste fentanyl, and unlike some other drugs, when it comes to fentanyl, one pill can kill.

  • Consider sharing the story of Charlie, who lost his life when he took what he thought was a legitimate prescription pill that turned out to be laced with fentanyl.

  • Review the Ad Council’s “Chemistry Lesson” together - it’s a high school science class taught by someone who used to sell drugs and understands the risks these substances pose.

  • Explain to your child that you know abstaining from all drug and alcohol use may not be realistic, so you want them to understand how to reduce the risks if they do take something.

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