Fentanyl and Overdose Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2021, drug overdoses claimed nearly 900,000 lives in the United States over the previous 20 years.

Learn about drug overdose prevention at www.cdc.gov/stopoverdose.


Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be stronger than heroin and morphine. It is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in California and the United States.

Learn more about fentanyl from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and find more facts about fentanyl from the CDC.

The CDPH also offers opioid and substance use prevention resources for adult role models working with youth.

CDPH Playlist: Fentanyl Crisis Among CA Youth