Take care of your loved ones

be proactive

Be proactive

Have a conversation about fentanyl today. Explain what fentanyl is and why it's so dangerous. Encourage open, honest, judgment-free communication. Here are three key points to cover:

  1. Make sure they know not to take pills that a doctor didn't prescribe.
  2. Make sure they know most illegal drugs contain fentanyl.
  3. Create an “exit plan” to make leaving easier if they feel pressured to take drugs.
be vigilant

Be vigilant

Know the signs of an overdose:

  • Small, constricted "pinpoint pupils"
  • Falling asleep or losing consciousness
  • Slow, weak, or no breathing
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Limp body
  • Cold and/or clammy skin
  • Discolored skin (especially on lips and nails)
be prepared

Be prepared

If you think someone may be overdosing on fentanyl, follow these steps:

  1. Call 911 immediately.
  2. Administer Naloxone, the only safe and appropriate way to reverse an opioid overdose.
  3. Try to keep the person awake and breathing.
  4. Lay the person on their side to prevent choking.
  5. Stay with the person until emergency assistance arrives.

For more information, visit Get Heathy Idaho.

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