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SAMHSA's Call for Youth Applications to Educate on Dangers of Fentanyl

See opportunity below for youth ages 14-18 to submit prevention strategies for cash prizes. Deadline is 2.26.2024. Feel free to share to the youth in your lives!

Elevating Youth Voices to Increase Awareness About

the Risks of Fentanyl

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is seeking the best ideas from U.S. youth, aged 14–18, on a community strategy to increase youth awareness, education, and prevention around the dangers of fentanyl, especially the hidden dangers of fake pills and other contaminants that can lead to drug overdose deaths.

The top six ideas will each be awarded a $5,000 prize, and up to 25 youth will receive a $2,000 honorable mention prize. The deadline for submission is February 26, 2024.

These are the facts:

· Among adolescents age 10–19, from 2019 to 2021:

Monthly drug overdose deaths increased 109 percent.

Deaths involving illicitly manufactured fentanyl increased 182 percent.

About 90 percent of these deaths involved opioids, and 84 percent involved illicitly manufactured fentanyl.

Counterfeit pills were present in nearly 25 percent of these deaths.

Two-thirds of those who died had one or more potential bystanders present, but most did not provide an overdose response (many bystanders were in another room or did not know that the drugs were being used).

Please encourage the youth in your life to pitch ideas to educate their peers. Ideas could include any innovative ways to reach youth on this topic like social media posts, vlogs, podcasts, video journals, etc.

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