Learn about Fentanyl

In 2016, more than half of all Rhode Island overdose deaths had fentanyl involved. Lethal drugs are out there and your life is worth saving. Even if you can’t tell if your drugs are cut with fentanyl, there are things you can do to be safer when you use.


The powerful, cheap opioid fentanyl can cause an almost immediate overdose death. Have a buddy near you for at least the first 15 minutes of use–someone who is ready with naloxone and can CALL 9-1-1 for help.



I can take take steps to be safer

You can’t tell if your drugs are cut with fentanyl because it has no taste or smell. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Don’t use alone – Plan ahead and have someone stay with you. Make sure someone checks in on you when you’re using drugs–most fentanyl overdoses happen within the first few minutes. Have someone give naloxone and call 9-1-1 if they think it’s an overdose.
  • Have naloxone – Overdose happens fast. Always have naloxone.
  • Call 911 – If you think someone is overdosing always call 911. They have more naloxone. The Good Samaritan Law protects you from arrest.

I can be ready with naloxone

Naloxone should be used right away when you think an overdose is occurring. You could save your life or someone else’s if you have naloxone ready. Here’s where you can find naloxone in Rhode Island.

I can learn how to respond to an overdose

Most fentanyl overdoses happen within the first few minutes– call 9-1-1 right away, the Good Samaritan Law protects you from arrest. There are steps you can take to help someone overdosing. Here’s how you can respond.