According to provisional data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, there has been a more than 550% increase in fentanyl-related deaths among Texans since 2019. In 2022, 44.61% of ALL drug-related deaths could be linked to a fentanyl overdose. Illegally manufactured fentanyl is often found in counterfeit (fake) pills that are often sold on the street (i.e. Xanax, Percocet, or Oxycodone). In most cases involving fentanyl, people who had taken the drug had no idea they had done so. Fentanyl is a cheap alternative to other synthetic opioids and it only takes a small amount to become deadly. Compass Rose Public Schools is committed to the safety of all our students & families, please read the information below to learn more about ways to protect yourself from the dangers of fentanyl.
How We Can Help Fight Fentanyl
- If your child or someone you know has been potentially exposed to fentanyl, please contact your campus health aide immediately. Compass Rose has a supply of Narcan at all campuses that can be administered by our health aides. If taken quickly enough, Narcan can help reverse the effects of a fentanyl overdose.
- At Compass Rose, our health aides, counselors, safety and security team, as well as instructional leaders are working on in-school learning opportunities such as assemblies, information sessions, and posters to help inform students about the dangers of fentanyl use.
- Talk to your children. Have a conversation with them letting them know that ANY pill they get from a friend or buy online or off the street could be counterfeit pill laced with fentanyl. They should only take medication that was prescribed by a doctor, purchased at a pharmacy, and apporved by parents or guardians.
- Ensure that all of your child’s medications (including over-the-counter) are delivered to the school’s health aide for distribution. Students should not carry any medications with them at school, or share them for any reason.
- Reach out to your school’s health aide with any specific concerns, or if you need additional resources that are unique to your family.
- Learn more about the fentanyl crisis and help spread the word about the ongoing fight against fentanyl. Visit the centers for Disease Control website’s Fentanyl Facts page as a starting point: https://www.cdc.gov/stopoverdose/fentanyl/index.html