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Facts about Fentanyl Deaths

Information & Resources for Parents & Scholars About Fentanyl

Pencil tip displaying lethal dose of Fentanyl

Each life affected by the fentanyl epidemic represents a precious child – a scholar who has parents, siblings, and friends, and who is a part of our greater LPCA family.  We hope that by continuing the conversation, spreading awareness, and proactively combating the crisis we can save lives right here at home, in LPCA.

What is LPCA doing?
To combat the Fentanyl crisis Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy is:
  • Collaborating with local health authorities, law enforcement, and other educational entities to identify the best method for combating the epidemic.
  • On Friday, February 24, 2023 the LPCA school board met and passed a measure that allows all campus nurses and security officers to stock and administer Narcan on campus in the event of an overdose.
  • District counselors will continue to inform students about fentanyl dangers at campus events. Informational and Anti-Drug posters have been distributed to all campuses and placed in hallways and all restrooms.
What can you do?
To help fight the fentanyl problem, you can:
  • Talk to your children. Tell them that ANY pill they get from a friend or purchased online or off of the street could be a counterfeit pill containing fentanyl. Only take medication that was prescribed by a doctor, purchased at a pharmacy, and approved by parents or guardians.   
  • Ensure that your child delivers all medications, including over-the-counter medications, to the school nurse for distribution. Students should not carry any medications with them at school, nor share them for any reason.   
  • Reach out to your school nurse or counselor with any specific concerns, or if you need additional resources that are unique to your family.
It is a deadly synthetic opioid that is being pressed into fake pills or cut into heroin, cocaine, and other street drugs to drive addiction.
The Sinaloa Cartel and Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion are making fentanyl and pressing it into fake pills. Fake pills are made to look like OxyContin®, Xanax®, Adderall®, and other pharmaceuticals. These fake pills contain no legitimate medicine. — Fentanyl is also made in a rainbow of colors so it looks like candy.
DEA lab testing reveals that four out of every ten fake pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose.
Fentanyl use can cause confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, changes in pupil size, cold and clammy skin, coma, and respiratory failure leading to death.
  • Drug traffickers are using social media to advertise drugs and conduct sales. If you have a smartphone and a social media account, then a drug trafficker can find you. This also means they are finding your kids who have social media accounts.
  • To learn about emoji codes used on social media, visit Emoji Drug Code Decoded on
  • The drug landscape is dramatically different from when you grew up, or even from just a few years ago.
  • All parents and caregivers need to be educated on current drug threats to be able to have informed talks with their kids.
  • Encourage open and honest communication
  • Explain what fentanyl is and why it is so dangerous
  • Stress not to take any pills that were not prescribed to you from a doctor
  • No pill purchased on social media is safe
  • Make sure they know fentanyl has been found in most illegal drugs
  • Create an “exit plan” to help your child know what to do if they’re pressured to take a pill or use drugs
  • For more tips on how to talk to your child about drugs, read Chapter 4 of Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent’s Guide to Substance Use Prevention at