SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Drug Enforcement Administration calls the powerful synthetic opioid “the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered.”
Six out of 10 pills on the drug market now contain it, and everyone needs to be aware of how quickly it can kill.
WSAV invites you to watch this special report: “What your family should know about opioids.”
The report features wide-ranging conversations about several facets of the opioid crisis, from the agents who are trying to crack down on it to the parents whose children have been poisoned.
“In [the DEA] headquarters, as soon as you walk in, they have the faces of fentanyl. And they have over 5,000 people on that wall,” said Kristy Dyroff, whose son died from fentanyl poisoning. “The oldest is 70 years old, the youngest is 1 year and 1/2.”
Facebook Live Q&A
Three of the parents featured in the story joined WSAV for a live discussion about their journeys. Watch the full conversation below.
- For more information on Songs for Charlie, a national family-run nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about fake pills made of fentanyl: songforcharlie.org
- For more information on the Drug Induced Homicide Foundation: druginducedhomicide.org
- Here’s more information about how social media is used to sell drugs: getsmartaboutdrugs.gov
- To find out where you can drop off unused medication: dea.gov/takebackday
- Medication drop-off sites in Beaufort County: lcahealthyyouth.com
- Medication drop-off information for the Coastal Empire: coastalhealthdistrict.org
- Information about the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation opioid summits and the trailer for the movie “If Only”: drugfreeisuptome.org
- Intrepid Recovery Center: intrepidrecovery.com
How to use Narcan/naloxone nasal spray
An instructional video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: