Published on July 27, 2022

One pill can kill: The dangers of fentanyl

The Dangers of Fentanyl

In Monterey County, fentanyl-associated deaths were 8 times higher in 2021 than in 2018. Sadly, we are now seeing fentanyl masked as rainbow-colored candy, making it more attractive to young children and teens. Take a moment to learn more about the young men and women of our community whose lives were taken too soon, and learn what you can do to help.

Fentanyl education, awareness and prevention

View educational fentanyl videos created by Dr. Reb Close and Dr. Casey Grover, in partnership with Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD), on how to talk to your children about drugs, what to look for, and how to administer Narcan, which can reverse the affects of an opioid overdose until help is reached.

Prescribe Safe can help

Monterey County Prescribe Safe is a partnership between Montage Health, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and 30 other local organizations on a mission to reduce opioid abuse and misuse, and save lives. Prescribe Safe provides the following resources:

  • Alcohol and drug counseling and treatment
  • Pain-management options
  • Safe medication-disposal sites
  • Complementary medicine options
  • Teen or young adult prescription drug guide

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Overdoses can happen to anyone, including first-time users. Pick up a free dose of Narcan/Naloxone, the “antidote” to an opioid overdose, from providers in the tri-county area.

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Overdose Awareness Day Resource Fair

Wednesday, August 31, 3–5 p.m.

August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day. Join us and our community partners to learn how to rescue someone from an overdose and how to prevent, treat, and recover from addiction. Attendees will receive a box of free Narcan®.

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