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Opioid & Prescription
Drug Misuse Prevention

Did you know? 7 out of 10 fake pills contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. 

​Opioids are a family of drugs that are used to alleviate physical pain, but are highly addictive.


Illicit fentanyl is a cheap, synthetic opioid that is deadly.  An amount as small as a pencil tip can cause an overdose if it's inhaled or ingested in any way.

  • Fentanyl is odorless and can easily be mixed into other drugs. It is commonly mixed in with fake pills made to look like Xanax, OxyContin, Percocet and Adderall. It is also being mixed into cocaine. 

  • Fake pills are killing teens at an alarming rate. Recent research shows 22 teens die every day due to fentanyl-laced fake pills.  

  • While fake pills can be bought on the street, many are bought online through social media or the dark web. is a resource that has tips for talking with your teens. 

Download Now:  Talking Tips and What You Need to Know About Fake Pills

Person is unconscious and has:

  • Pin point pupils

  • Blue or purplish lips, fingertips

  • Snoring or gurgling sounds

  • Very slow breathing, if breathing at all

Signs of an Overdose
  • Call 911 immediately

  • Administer naloxone (Narcan) if available

  • Support the person's breathing

  • When breathing resumes, lay them on their side

  • Stay until an ambulance arrives

What to Do 

Everyone can save a life! Register for a naloxone training to learn how to respond to an overdose. All attendees 18+ will receive a FREE Narcan kit. 

Get Trained, Save a Life!

Helpful Videos

  • Lock up medications so that no one but the patient has access to them – Fairfield CARES Coalition provides “lock boxes” and “lock pill bottles.”

  • Dispose of unneeded or expired prescription pills as well as over the counter pills in the Drop Box at the Fairfield Police Station lobby – available 24/7.

    • ​Fairfield CARES Community Coalition participates in the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day twice a year, fall and spring, an initiative to raise the awareness of the importance of safely disposing of medications.  Sorry, needles and liquids are not accepted.

  • Deterra bags can be used as an alternative to going to the Drop Box.

  • Safely dispose of medications at home with these guidelines

Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

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