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Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that poses an immediate and growing risk of unintentional overdose in Oregon and across the United States.

What you need to know about fentanyl

According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths from synthetic opioids rose 97-fold from 1999 to 2021. That’s a significantly greater rise than any other category of drugs. Fentanyl is now involved in more deaths of Americans under age 50 than any other single cause of death, including heart disease, cancer, homicide, suicide, and other accidents.

Scarier yet, the odorless and tasteless drug is a silent killer. It’s often used as an additive in fake prescription pills — as well as common street drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin — leading many to overdose without ever being aware that they are ingesting the drug.

Because fentanyl is so often unknowingly taken, warning signs can be hard to identify, and overdoses difficult to combat. But there are concrete steps that you can take to protect yourself or a loved one from a fentanyl-related tragedy.

Steps to help prevent Fentanyl overdoses

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