Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Even the smallest amount of fentanyl — the size of a few grains of sand — can be lethal.
A new type of brightly colored "rainbow” fentanyl had been found in the U.S., including in California. This is a potentially fatal drug found in pills and powders in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes. Any pill, regardless of its color, shape, or size, that does not come from a health care provider or pharmacist can potentially contain fentanyl and be deadly.
We encourage our entire student community to have regular conversations with teens, young people, and loved ones about the dangers of fentanyl, the risks of mixing drugs, and the life-saving power of naloxone to reduce the stigma around seeking help, treatment, and care.