Fentanyl is rapidly infiltrating communities across Texas, posing a severe risk to our youth.
Teen overdose deaths linked to Fentanyl (a potent synthetic opioid) have tripled in just two years, comprising over half of all overdose fatalities. This dangerous substance, initially for medical use, has spawned an illicit market enticing our youth. It can be lethal even in small amounts, often mixed with other drugs like cocaine or disguised as innocent candies.
Teenagers are frequently unaware of its presence, emphasizing the need for urgent awareness and preventive measures. Vigilance, education, and community action are imperative to protect our youth from this silent peril.
What can you do as a parent to prevent your child from falling prey to this deadly trend?
Talk to your teen. Talk about the dangers that they may face at parties and social events. Let them know that they can talk to you about things that are concerning them.
Monitor their social media and app usage. This is a common way that teens get access to this drug.
Encourage your teen to get involved with extra-curricular activities, church, service projects, community, and school organizations. Keeping your teen involved can help battle loneliness, isolation, and hopelessness.
Know how to access the district’s anonymous reporting tool. It can be found on the district’s website. Report any suspicion that Fentanyl use may be occurring in the schools or that someone may be abusing it. Encourage your child to do the same. You could save a life.
Monitor your child’s behavior. Has their behavior changed lately? Do they have a new set of friends? Are they keeping to themselves more often than usual?
Seek help if your child is facing a mental health challenge or if you suspect they are using any substance.
Together, we can help our Eagles make better choices to avoid this dangerous drug and to keep it out of our schools and communities.