An opioid overdose requires immediate medical attention. Call 911 immediately if you or someone you know exhibits any of the symptoms.
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Fentanyl Facts MN


Fentanyl is everywhere in Minnesota these days, and it’s incredibly deadly. It has taken over the illegal drug supply and is frequently found in fake pills, cocaine, meth, and other street drugs. This makes fentanyl poisoning a grave danger, even if you only want to try drugs once. The only way to play it safe is to know as much about the risks and dangers as possible.

Fentanyl and other drugs can also be super addictive — and in many cases, outright deadly. Luckily, overdoses are preventable, and addiction is treatable. Learn how to protect yourself and those around you.

Just hover over the topics below to get a quick overview, or click for a deep dive.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is deadly in even the tiniest amounts. It’s one of America’s biggest threats to teens and can be found in almost every street drug today.
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Counterfeit pills look exactly like prescription medication such as Xanax or Oxy but often contain deadly doses of fentanyl. Even the pros can’t tell them from the legit pills a doctor would prescribe — that’s what makes them so dangerous.
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Overdoses caused by opioids, such as fentanyl, are on the rise and often end up deadly. If you know the signs of an overdose, you can act quickly and save a friend or family member.
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Naloxone, better known by the brand name Narcan™ is a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses. It’s easy to use and available for free all over Minnesota. Anyone can get it and use it to save lives.
Opioids and fentanyl are super addictive. And if they don’t kill you outright, continuous use will lead to addiction. Luckily, programs and therapies can help you regain control of your life. It won’t be easy, but it’s the only way out.
Talking about drug use might not be easy, but it’s vital. If you know someone who uses, use yourself or want your friends to know the dangers of opioids and fentanyl, all you have to do is start the talk.


NO. 3

Drug overdose and poisoning are the number 3 leading cause of death among US youth and adolescents.
Source: New England Journal of Medicine

6 in 10

60% of fake prescription pills contain a potentially deadly dose of fentanyl.
Source: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration


Minnesotans between 15 and 24 suffered from non-fatal overdoses in 2021. And numbers are skyrocketing.
Source: Minnesota Department of Health


Minnesotans between 15 and 24 died from an overdose in 2022.
Source: Minnesota Department of Health
Brought to you in partnership with North Central HIDTA. Created by Congress in 1988, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program coordinates and assists Federal, State, Local, and Tribal law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to address regional drug threats with the purpose of reducing drug trafficking and drug production in the United States.