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Senate designates May 10 as National Fentanyl Awareness Day

Illicit fentanyl is the biggest driver of the recent rise in U.S. overdose deaths, according to the CDC


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By Leila Merrill

WASHINGTON — Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) last week led their fellow senators in passing a Senate resolution designating May 10 as National Fentanyl Awareness Day.

Before the resolution passed, a group of nonprofits, government agencies, corporations and schools jointly launched National Fentanyl Awareness Day.

The day is intended to raise public awareness about illegal fentanyl mixed with street drugs and in counterfeit pills.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, illicit fentanyl is the biggest driver of the recent increase in overdose deaths in the U.S.

On April 6, the Drug Enforcement Administration sent a letter to law enforcement departments throughout the U.S. to warn them about a nationwide spike in mass-overdose events related to fentanyl. Mass-overdose events involve three or more overdoses occurring close in time and at the same place.

Fentanyl-related mass-overdose events have occurred in at least seven U.S. cities in recent months, resulting in 58 overdoses and 29 deaths.


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