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A Fentanyl Awareness Campaign


Raising awareness about Fentanyl is crucial due to its potent and often lethal effects. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. This high potency increases the risk of overdose, particularly when individuals are unaware of its presence in other drugs. Many overdoses occur because Fentanyl is often mixed with other substances without the user's knowledge. By educating the public about the dangers of Fentanyl, the risks of accidental overdose can be significantly reduced. Awareness campaigns can save lives by promoting caution and informing people about the availability of life-saving interventions like Narcan (naloxone), which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. In a time where Fentanyl-related deaths are rising, public education and heightened awareness are essential tools in combating this growing health crisis.



  • Information from the Nevada State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) shows deaths increased from 510 in 2019 to 788 in 2020

  • Drug overdose deaths in NV is 949 with a death rate of 29.2%

  • Since 2018, 412 Clark County residents have died from fentanyl. Of these, 67% were male.

  • Accidental drug overdose deaths among Nevadans increased 55% from 2019 to 2020

  • Fentanyl is now the second deadliest drug in Washoe County

  • September 2021 there were 201 drug-related deaths in Washoe County. Of those, 55 were fentanyl related.

  • According to Washoe County, the number of Fentanyl related deaths has more than doubled in the last year


  • Over 150 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl

  • Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.

  • Two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal

  • 42% of drugs tested for fentanyl contained at least 2mg

  • Synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl are the primary cause of drug overdose related deaths

  • From 2020-2021 opioid related deaths raised 38.1%

  • Synthetic opioid (primarily illicitly manufactured fentanyl) deaths rose 55.6%

  • Over 96,700 people die from drug overdoses every year

  • Every 7 out of 10 deaths are caused by opioids

  • Since 1999 drug overdoses have killed almost 1 million people

    • Drug used in OD and % of total deaths:

      • Opioids, 67.8%

      • Cocaine, 21.2%

      • Physchostimulants, 20.6%

      • Methadone, 4.03%

  • 12.6 out of every 100,000 15-24 year olds OD annually

  • Fentanyl is the No. 2 killer in the country

Signs of overdose

Recognizing the signs of opioid overdose can save a life. Here are some things to look for:

  • Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”

  • Falling asleep or losing consciousness

  • Slow, weak, or no breathing

  • Choking or gurgling sounds

  • Limp body

  • Cold and/or clammy skin

  • Discolored skin (especially in lips and nails)


Safer Nights is an initiative dedicated to harm reduction in the vibrant downtown districts of Reno, Nevada. This comprehensive program plays a pivotal role in enhancing awareness about drug overdose risks and offers practical solutions by making Narcan and Fentanyl Test strips readily available at local bars. Developed through the collaborative efforts of Crawl Reno and Future Kind, Safer Nights represents a significant step towards ensuring safer nightlife experiences in the area. This project is not only about addressing immediate health concerns but also about fostering a community that is informed, prepared, and responsive to the challenges posed by substance misuse.

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