Fentanyl

In 2016, more than half of all Rhode Island overdose deaths had fentanyl involved. Even if you can’t tell if your drugs are cut with fentanyl, there are steps you can take to stay safe.


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 stay safe with fentanyl

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:

  • Have naloxone – Overdose happens fast. Always have naloxone.
  • Don’t use alone – Plan ahead of time. Make sure someone checks in on you when you’re using drugs–most fentanyl overdoses happen within the first few minutes. They can give naloxone if you have an overdose.
  • Call 911 – If you think it’s an overdose, 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 a fentanyl 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.