How has the Fentanyl Crisis Impacted your Life, Family, or Community?
The United States in the midst of a Fentanyl overdose epidemic. Over 100,000 Americans died as a result of this drug in 2021, driven by traffickers mass-producing fake or counterfeit pills. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), fentanyl is involved in more deaths of Americans under 50 than any other cause of death, including heart disease, cancer, and all other accidents.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid administered to reduce severe pain. It is 50% more concentrated than morphine, therefore when abused can cause brain and other health effects, including death. Four out of every ten pills with fentanyl tested by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) contain a potentially lethal dose and counterfeit pills have also been found to contain fentanyl-related substances and methamphetamine.
In order to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and learn how best to assist Californians struggling with addiction, Senator Tom Umberg encourages you to share your story. Understanding how this crisis has impacted local families and our community is an important step in preventing future harm, and saving lives. Share your experiences with us by filling out the form below. All responses will be kept anonymous.
Senator Tom Umberg also recently introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 100, which would declare May 10th 2022 as Fentanyl Awareness Day in California. Raising awareness on this topic is critical, as the dangers of illegally produced fentanyl are largely unknown to the general population and even more so to youth and young adults. Among teenagers, overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids like fentanyl tripled in the past two years, yet 73% have never heard of fake prescription pills being made with fentanyl. For more information about Fentanyl Awareness Day, visit https://www.fentanylawarenessday.org/