Fentanyl Prevention Resources, Education, and Engagement

In 2017

Opioid overdoses were declared a public health emergency in the U.S. Every 4 hours someone dies of a drug overdose in NYC. That’s 2,190 people every year (6 people a day) in NYC alone.

According to the NYC Department of Health (DOH), in 2020

fentanyl  was involved in


of all overdose deaths.

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Each year in NYC, more New Yorkers die of drug overdoses than homicides, suicides, and motor vehicle crashes combined. Many of these deaths are preventable.

An opioid overdose prevents the brain from receiving oxygen. Naloxone (NARCAN®) is a nasal spray (or injection) medication that can quickly and safely reverse an opioid overdose by restoring breathing.

By watching the video below, you can learn about the benefits of naloxone and what steps to take when responding to an opioid overdose.

Naloxone can save lives!

Fentanyl Test Strips

Fentanyl test strips (FTS) are small strips of paper that can detect the presence of fentanyl in any substance—pills, powders, or injectables.

Fentanyl can be found within substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine (meth), MDMA, and other pills.

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Even though FTS can tell us if there is fentanyl in a substance, the strips cannot tell us how strong or which type of fentanyl is present. Fentanyl cannot be detected by sight, taste, smell, or touch.

FTS enables community members to make informed-decisions and prevent opioid overdoses.

upcoming training

Remote Training

NYCC4H provides free opioid overdose prevention and response training to all New Yorkers.

Ready to save lives?

After completing the training, you can order free fentanyl test strips and naloxone. We deliver anywhere in New York State!


awareness of

Training individuals
on how to prevent
and respond to an

access to FTS

Identifying and
preventing behaviors
associated with
substance use

Be empowered to use person-first language to reduce stigma and negative bias when discussing addiction.

Stigma is a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something or someone. 

X Abuse

because “Abuse” is found to be associated with negative judgements and punishment.

✓ Simply say use

X Addict

Person-first language avoids negative associations and individual blame.

✓ A person who uses substances or has a substance misuse disorder.

X Junkie

Person-first language shows that a person “has” a problem, rather than “is” the problem.

✓ A person who is actively using substances or drugs.

X Dirty

Using the word “dirty” may decrease someone’s sense of hope and self-efficacy for change.

✓ A person who received a positive result on a drug screening.
✓ A person who recreationally uses substances or drugs.

X Clean

Use non-stigmatizing terms the same way it would be used for other medical conditions.

✓ Testing negative, being in recovery
✓ Not actively using any substances or drugs.

X Druggie

This avoids making negative associations and removes the individual blame for past actions.

✓ A person who uses drugs recreationally.

X Former addict

✓ A person in recovery or long-term recovery.

X A drunk / Alcoholic

✓ A person who uses alcohol or has a substance misuse disorder.

Set an example

with your choice of language when interacting with community members who might be using stigmatizing slang!