Schools Can Help Combat the Fentanyl Crisis


What is fentanyl?

Fentanyl is an alarmingly lethal synthetic opioid. President Biden has initiated significant measures to combat this crisis

What is contributing to the youth fentanyl crisis?

Youth are disproportionately impacted largely due to pills misrepresented on social media that contain lethal fentanyl doses.

What should schools do?

  • Prioritize preventing drug use and creating a safe learning environment.
  • Collaborate with health departments and state agencies to access naloxone.
  • Educate all stakeholders about overdose signs.
  • Respond rapidly to overdoses, especially with naloxone.
  • Update emergency plan and trainings to address rapid responses to overdoses.

Fast Facts

  • More than 100,000 people died of an overdose in 2022
  • Overdose deaths doubled from 2019 to 2020
  • Two-thirds of teen drug poisoning occurs when bystanders are present and naloxone isn’t administered
  • Naloxone (Narcan):

    • Effective in reducing overdose deaths
    • No increase in drug use
    • Safe even if administered accidentally
    • Available over-the-counter without medical training
  • Most states legally protect those who assist during overdoses



Erin L. Wick, MBA, SUDP
Executive Director, Integrated Student Support –
Intervention, Prevention, Treatment and Wellness |
Capital Region ESD 113
o: 360-464-6849 | c: 360-789-8131