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First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin Join Roanoke City School Fentanyl Awareness Campaign

Virginia First Lady Suzanne Youngkin is working with Roanoke City schools to make fentanyl awareness a top priority. In a parent education forum on Monday, the First Lady emphasized the role parents and schools play in keeping students safe from one of the most dangerous drugs Fentanyl usage among students.

Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain.1 It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is prescribed in the form of transdermal patches or lozenges and can be diverted for misuse and abuse in the United States. According to the CDC, during the pandemic, fentanyl usage increased by 22% from 2020 to 2021.

However, most recent cases of fentanyl-related harm, overdose, and death in the U.S. are linked to illegally made fentanyl. It is sold through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect. It is often mixed with heroin and/or cocaine as a combination product—with or without the user’s knowledge—to increase its euphoric effects.

She said, ” I think sometimes we feel like we have to impart our wisdom. We have to tell them everything there is about fentanyl, all the dangers, and what can happen. Maybe what we need to do is just listen to one another and ask our children how they are feeling, what they are hearing, what they know, and what they are curious about. And I think as we have those conversations, hopefully, we will see healthier and healthier behavior spring out of that,” at the education forum for its parents.

The First Lady, Suzanne Youngkin heard stories from Roanoke City School parents and leaders impacted by the dangers of fentanyl in a forum Monday. The goal of the forum was to educate parents and guardians including members of the RCPS Parent Teacher Association (PTA), athletic coaches and directors, and other community members about the best language to use when discussing fentanyl with children… The event was part of the ongoing ‘Fentanyl Awareness Pilot Program in Roanoke’.

Route 81 has been known as the drug road for a long time. Roanoke is one of the Southwestern cities of Virginia and it is located on the east part of Route 81.

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