Learn about Fentanyl

In 2016, more than half of all Rhode Island overdose deaths were related to the fentanyl. Fentanyl and carfentanil are the strong opioids that are causing most of these deadly overdoses. It is extremely hard to tell whether your drug has been mixed with fentanyl or carfentanil, which means you might be at risk to overdose.

Even if you can’t tell if your drugs are cut with fentanyl, there are things you can do to be safer when you are using drugs.


The powerful, cheap opioid fentanyl can cause an almost immediate overdose death. Have a buddy with you when you are using drugs–they should have naloxone on them and be ready to CALL 9-1-1 for help if you overdose.



I can be safer by using with a friend

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. Have someone call 9-1-1 right away if they think it’s an overdose.
  • Have naloxone – Fentanyl overdoses happen fast. Always have someone near you with naloxone.
  • Call 911If you think someone is overdosing always call 9-1-1. The Good Samaritan Law lets you call 9-1-1 and you won’t get arrested.

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 I 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 I can respond.