Breaking The Silence
In 2023, over 110,600 people died of drug poisonings/overdoses; More than two-thirds of all overdose deaths in 2023 involved a synthetic opioid – more than 78,000 deaths. Illicit fentanyl deaths among teens accounted for 77% of adolescent overdose deaths in 2022. (CDC)
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Sounds of Sarah Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a variety of prevention, education and public services, that focus on the dangers of illicit fentanyl, counterfeit drugs and addictions.Our mission is to raise awareness to the nationwide opioid and illicit drug epidemic, ensuring the public has access to the necessary information and resources to save lives.
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Fentanyl & Illicit Drug CRISIS!
“Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “Fentanyl is everywhere. From large metropolitan areas to rural America, no community is safe from this poison." As the overdose epidemic has evolved, synthetic opioids –particularly illicitly manufactured fentanyl — now drive the majority of overdose deaths. In 2022, more than 110,000 people died from an poisoning/overdose, an approximate 15 percent increase from the previous year.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FENTANYL
Fentanyl can be present in a variety of forms (e.g., powder, tablets, capsules, solutions, and rocks).
6 out of 10 pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose of illicit fentanyl
Inhalation of airborne powder is MOST LIKELY to lead to harmful effects, but is less likely to occur than skin contact.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is effective in protecting you from exposure.
Slow breathing or no breathing, drowsiness or unresponsiveness, and constricted or pinpoint pupils are the specific signs consistent with fentanyl intoxication/overdose.
Naloxone is an effective medication that rapidly reverses the effects of fentanyl poisoning
2 Milligrams is all it takes
Drug Induced Homicide-get support here
What is an overdose? Plainly, it is taking an excessive dose of a drug.
What is a Poisoning? When someone is given something without their knowledge and they become sick and/or die from it.
“Drug-induced homicide” (DIH) prosecutions – the practice of charging individuals who supply drugs that result in a fatal overdose with homicide, even in the absence of specific intent to cause death"
What is Xylazine? Why should you know about it?
Xylazine, a non-opioid veterinary tranquilizer not approved for human use, has been linked to an increasing number of overdose deaths nationwide in the evolving drug addiction and overdose crisis. Research has shown xylazine is often added to illicit opioids, including fentanyl, and people report using xylazine-containing fentanyl to lengthen its euphoric effects. Most overdose deaths linked to both xylazine and fentanyl also involved additional substances, including cocaine, heroin, benzodiazepines, alcohol, gabapentin, methadone, and prescription opioids.
In the event of a suspected xylazine overdose, experts recommend giving the opioid overdose reversal medication naloxone because xylazine is frequently combined with opioids. However, because xylazine is not an opioid, naloxone does not address the impact of xylazine on breathing, so rescue breathing is still encouraged. (NIDA)
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