Fentanyl is a very strong opioid being mixed into heroin, cocaine, meth, and other drugs.


In the past five years, we have lost more than 650 Rhode Islanders to overdose because of drugs mixed with fentanyl. Many people who have overdosed did not know that their drugs were mixed with fentanyl.

It is hard to tell if your drugs have been mixed with fentanyl just by looking at them or tasting them, which means you might be at risk from overdose.

Here are some things you can do to be safer when you are using drugs that might be mixed with fentanyl:

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Fentanyl Test Strips
Safer Drug Use Practices
Find Naloxone in Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s Good Samaritan Law

Fentanyl overdoses can happen quickly. Learn how you can stay safer if you overdose.


How to Stay Safer with Fentanyl


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.

Call 911

If you think it’s an overdose, call 911. They have more naloxone.

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.

Safer Drug Use Resources