The Irving Police Department has issued a stern warning to residents, especially teens: stay away from fentanyl. Prescribed to treat chronic pain, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to morphine but about 100 times more potent. In fact, an amount no larger than the tip of a pencil can be lethal. Just one pill can kill!
In 2022, Irving had six fentanyl overdoses involving a person under the age of 18. Irving officers also report a rise in fentanyl-related cases and arrests. Parents are strongly encouraged to speak to their children about the dangers of fentanyl.
The drug is often mixed with other illicit drugs and stamped into pills to look like prescription medication. Often, overdose victims are unaware they’re taking the drug. The Irving Police Department has partnered with area school districts to meet with students as young as fourth grade to discuss the dangers of drug use, especially fentanyl.
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