What You Need to Know About Fentanyl
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is causing accidental overdoses and claiming lives in Connecticut and across the country. In 2021 fentanyl took more lives than gun- and auto-related deaths combined. Illicit Fentanyl is being mixed in with other drugs to increase the potency and is sold as powders and nasal sprays, but it is becoming increasingly common to find it pressed into pills, which are made to look like legitimate prescription drugs.
There has been a 330% increase in unintentional drug overdose deaths from 2012 - 2021.
In 2021 there were 1,535 unintentional overdose deaths; a 12% increase from 2020.
Fentanyl was involved in 86% over overdose deaths in CT in 2021.
From January 2022 to the first week of March 2022, there were 166 confirmed fatal overdoses, with 87% of the cases involving fentanyl.
Counterfeit Prescription Drugs
In order to raise awareness of counterfeit prescription drugs, The Hub, along with a number of other organizations across the state, developed "You Think You Know."
Visit the website for a variety of resources and information.
If you are an organization that wants to share the campaign in your community, you can access their toolkit with free materials that can be customized.
Prevention & Training
Do you know how to respond to an overdose? Attend a free virtual naloxone training from The Hub. You will learn how to recognize signs of an overdose and how to use this live-saving medication.
Trainings are offered the first and third Wednesday of every month. Visit our events page to register.
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