The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has issued a warning that there is a new trend of brightly colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills across the country, called “rainbow fentanyl.” Rainbow fentanyl can be found in many forms, including pills, powders, and blocks.
In response to this alert, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released a Fentanyl and Overdose Prevention Communications Toolkit, which organizations and individuals can use to share information about the risks of fentanyl and how to prevent overdose. The toolkit includes images and messaging for use on social media to raise awareness about fentanyl in both Spanish and English.
- High schools are eligible to receive two free cartons of naloxone through Emergent BioSolutions.
- Schools can apply for a Statewide Standing Order for Naloxone, which authorizes non-prescribing entities to distribute naloxone.
- The DEA’s Fentanyl Awareness page has resources for parents and the community.
- Learn more at the Overdose Prevention Initiative page through CDPH.
If you encounter fentanyl in any form, do not handle it and call 911 immediately.