Fentanyl: One Pill Can Kill


Fentanyl poisoning is the leading cause of death for people aged 18 - 45 in the United States (CDC).


Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine (National Fentanyl Awareness Day).


More than 1,500 under the age of 20 died from fentanyl in 2021, four times as many deaths than 2018 (DEA).


Six out of every 10 pills that contain Fentanyl can lead to potentially lethal dose (DEA).


Over 150 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl (CDC).


One overdose death every five minutes (National Fentanyl Awareness Day).


Signs of Overdose

  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Severe sleepiness
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Trouble walking or talking
  • Feeling faint, dizzy, or confused
  • Unresponsiveness

What to do if you think someone is overdosing:

  • On campus call 972-860-4290.
  • Off campus call 911.
  • Administer Naloxone or Narcan, if available.
  • Try to keep the person awake and breathing.
  • Lay the person on their side to prevent choking.
  • Stay with them until emergency workers arrive.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of the Texas Governor.

penny and powder in a beaker

Two milligrams of fentanyl can kill a person.

blue pills, colorful pills, bag of powder

Different forms of fentanyl to look out for - blue pills, colorful pills, bag of powder.


Synthetic drugs often mix multiple opioids, including fentanyl, to make them more appealing to buyers. There is no way to know what is in synthetic drugs.

Photo of white circle pill next to yellow circle pill

White pill on the left is pure fentanyl. Yellow pill on the right is synthetic/impure.

Photo of long white pill next to long yellow pill

White pill on the left is pure Xanax. Yellow pill on the right is synthetic Xanax.

Photo of blue round pills, one with “30” on it and one with the “M” in a square

Both blue pills are fake oxycodone, laced with fentanyl.


Emoji Drug Code: Dec​oded

Fake Prescription Drugs

Photo of Emoji Drug Code

Dealer Signals

Photo of Emoji Drug Code

Other Drugs

Photo of Emoji Drug Code

Source: Drug Enforcement Administration, Emoji Drug Code Decoded (PDF - 5.8MB)


Inaugural fentanyl workshop at Brookhaven Campus.​

Students join to learn about fentanyl at Eastfield in the Hive.


Health promotion coordinators educating students on Cedar Valley Campus.


If you or anyone you know is experiencing a campus emergency, call campus police at 972-860-4290.

For off-campus emergency, call 9-1-1.

Need someone to talk to, contact Counseling & Psychological Services 972-669-6400 ext. 8