What should parents do?
  • Know the signs of an opioid overdose:
    • Pinpoint pupils, Slow, shallow, or no breathing
    • Gurgling or snoring
    • Difficult to wake or can't wake
    • Extreme drowsiness
    • Cold, clammy skin
    • Grey/blue skin, fingernails, or lips
    • Call 911 if you think someone is overdosing. You will not get in trouble for calling 911 because of Oregon's Good Samaritan Law (PDF).
  • Talk to youth about the dangers of pills and fentanyl. Youth naturally consider parental opinions in their decision making process more than parents may realize. Encouraging open communication about risky behaviors and emphasizing the dangers of counterfeit pills and fentanyl could save their life. Let them know it's okay to ask for help with their mental health.
  • Work with local school districts to advocate for updated, drug education curriculums that reduce stigma around drug use.
  • If you are worried your child or their friends may be at risk of an overdose, have Narcan® in your home and make sure everyone knows how to access it. Find information on naloxone and how to obtain it.
  • Get rid of unused or expired medications on National Drug Take Back Day on April 30, 2022. Find more information, including drop off locations.

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1. What is fentanyl?
2. Why is fentanyl a threat to youth in Oregon?
3. How can schools and parents work together to reduce youth overdose risks?
4. What should schools do?
5. What should parents do?