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

Young Adults

Find Out About Fentanyl


There are countless ways a young person can encounter opioids. It could be a prescription after surgery or a dental procedure; some find an opioid high irresistible and seek it out from their friends after their prescriptions run out. It might be a simple pill from a friend, to help study for finals. Or something taken at a party, from someone you trust. Regardless, random pills are a bad idea.

And for those who keep using fentanyl, opioid addiction can happen in a matter of days. Even if you’re lucky enough to avoid fentanyl poisoning, constant use breaks your body down and wrecks healthy relationships, leaving you desperate and alone. You’re no longer using it for fun; you’re using it so you won’t get sick from withdrawal. It’s a cruel bargain that can steal years before you fully recover.

Whether going to clubs or hanging with friends, for some, drugs have long been considered a way to amp up the fun. But fentanyl has changed the rules. Today, you can’t trust that anything you buy, or even get from a friend, is what you think it is. Because it’s probably cut with fentanyl. Fentanyl is cheap, plentiful, and incredibly powerful. Any pill you buy is nearly always fake – yet they look real enough even to fool experts. And since it’s fake, you could get a small dose or a deadly overdose – from just one pill.

Fentanyl is the biggest problem you’ll never see, taste or smell. Protect yourself and anyone you care about by learning the facts.

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of median monthly overdose deaths from 2019 to 2021 among 10-19 year olds
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of deaths involving illicitly manufactured fentanyl from 2019 to 2021 among 10-19 year olds
Source: CDC

Finding Recovery

Recovery is possible, but a single stint in rehab is unlikely to result in success. It’s a process that takes time and community support. It requires a sincere desire to reclaim one’s life. Fortunately, Minnesota has many programs designed to help recover from opioid abuse. It’s essential to find the resource that’s right for you.

Get Help For Opioid Use Disorder

If you – or someone you know – is struggling with substance use disorder, there are 24/7 resources to help. Visit Fast-Tracker to learn more.

If someone you know is experiencing symptoms of an overdose, call 911 immediately.

This video was concepted and created by students from the Minneapolis FAIR School for the Arts and the Minnetonka High School Vantage Program.