Learn More About Fentanyl

Fentanyl is a very strong opioid often found in counterfeit pills (like addies, percs, oxys) and powders– like heroin, cocaine, and other drugs.


In our state, 3 out of every 4 overdose deaths involved fentanyl. Many people who overdosed did not know that their drugs, like cocaine, meth, or pills (that you bought from someone), were also mixed with fentanyl. We know this because of all the cocaine-involved deaths, 3 out of 4 also involved fentanyl.

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Find out more information about resources you can get to avoid a fentanyl overdose:
Get Fentanyl Test Strips  
Get Naloxone  
Get Other Safer Drug Use Supplies  

How to Stay Safer with Fentanyl

It only takes a small amount of fentanyl – as much as could fit on the tip of a pencil – to cause an overdose. Fentanyl overdoses can happen quickly. Learn how you can stay safer to prevent an overdose:


Have Naloxone

Overdose happens fast. Make sure you and your friends carry naloxone.

Use with Others

Make sure someone is around. They can give naloxone if you overdose.

Test your drugs

Fentanyl test strips can tell you if your drugs have fentanyl in them.

What can I do?

I can learn how to respond to an opioid overdose

If you think that someone is overdosing, you need to act fast. Give them naloxone, call 911, and start rescue breathing. The Good Samaritan Law will protect you from getting arrested when you call 911. Learn more about how to respond to an overdose.

I can get naloxone and have it with me every time I use drugs

Fentanyl overdoses happen fast and I’ll need to act quickly. Naloxone is the only medication that can stop an opioid overdose. Sometimes you need to give more than one dose of naloxone to stop a fentanyl overdose. Find out where you can get naloxone.

I can have someone with me when I use drugs.

Someone has to give you naloxone if you overdose. So, take turns using drugs with someone who can call 911 and give you naloxone if you overdose. First responders will have more naloxone to give to someone who is overdosing. The Good Samaritan Law will protect you from getting arrested when you call 911.

I can use fentanyl test strips.

Fentanyl test strips are easy to use tests to see if your drugs have been mixed or cut with fentanyl. When you get your result, you can make the decision about what to do next. Learn more about fentanyl test strips.

More Resources


Use Drugs Safer

There are many resources in Rhode Island that can help you use drugs more safely. You can get clean needles, naloxone, and fentanyl test strips. You can also get tested for HIV and Hepatitis C. Find out more on our People Who Use Drugs page.

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