Fake Pills, Real Danger
Fentanyl Information X-plained (FIX) was created to distribute information about the fatal poisoning risk associated with street fentanyl and other emerging synthetic analogs. We do this by reaching out to students, school administrators, teachers, and parents. We are seeking stronger penalties for drug traffickers by appealing to political figures and lawmakers. We are striving to be a resource for local law enforcement and mental health providers.
Founded by Kari Clay and Amber Wood in 2022
Producing illicit fentanyl is not an exact science. Two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal depending on a person’s body size, tolerance, and past usage. DEA analysis has found counterfeit pills ranging from .02 to 5.1 milligrams (more than twice the lethal dose) of fentanyl per tablet.
- 42% of pills tested for fentanyl contained at least 2 mg of fentanyl, considered a potentially lethal dose.
- Drug trafficking organizations typically distribute fentanyl by the kilogram. One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people.
Image and material sourced from dea.gov
What is a 'Fentapill'?
A 'Fentapill' is a counterfeit pill that contains illicit fentanyl or illicit synthetic fentanyl analogs that are, more times than not, deadly. It looks identical to a pharmaceutical-grade pill but is made, bought & sold on the black market.
'Fentapills' Look Identical to Real Prescription Pills
WHY WE FIGHT
Fentanyl became the deadliest drug in Arkansas in 2020
Fentanyl is 50x more potent than Heroin and incredibly deadly.
- Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) are increasing the production of ‘Fentapills,’ with the DEA reporting a 430% increase in counterfeit pills laced with Fentanyl since 2019.
- There is often no way to tell whether a pill contains Fentanyl by looking at it. They are often identical to real prescription pills.
- While Fentanyl testing exists, they are currently considered drug paraphernalia in Arkansas, making them illegal to possess.
- Many Arkansans don’t know what Fentanyl is, have never heard of a ‘Fentapill,’ and are unaware of its dangers.
- Additionally, other street drugs such as cocaine, meth, and marijuana are testing positive for Fentanyl at an alarming rate.
This has led to countless deaths among pre-teens, teens, and adults across the country.
The problem is only growing. We’re working to #FindAFIX.
Distributing information about the fatal poisoning risk associated with street fentanyl and other emerging synthetic analogs by reaching out to students, school administrators, teachers, and parents.
Asking for more substantial penalties for drug traffickers by appealing to political figures and lawmakers.
Sharing information, updates, and more on fentanyl poisoning and building free downloadable materials for schools across the state. (The free tools for schools should be available by late October 2022).
National Drug-Involved Overdose Deaths*
Number Among All Ages, 1999-2020
No Data Found
Includes deaths with underlying causes of unintentional drug poisoning (X40-X44), suicide drug poisoning (X60-X64), homicide drug poisoning (X85), or drug poisoning of undetermined intent (Y10-Y14), as coded in the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Multiple Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released 12/2021.
Fentanyl Poisoning occurs when a person consumes a substance believing it to be the exact substance they intended to consume, but instead, they were lied to, tricked or misled into consuming a substance laced or replaced with Fentanyl or synthetic Fentanyl analogs.
Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) often add Fentanyl and/or synthetic Fentanyl analogs when making their opioid products to increase profit margins since it is very inexpensive and incredibly potent. Because the products are not produced in a controlled lab environment, the quantities added to each pill are unknown and often prove to be fatal.
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