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Virginia’s First Lady Suzanne Youngkin and Attorney General Jason Miyares announced the launch of the Fentanyl Awareness Pilot Program at the Fraline Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke.
The first-of-its-kind initiative is in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health, the First Lady’s Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and the Attorney General’s “One Pill Can Kill” campaign.
The pilot program hopes to warn parents and caregivers that “It only takes one.”
One counterfeit pill or decision could contribute to Virginia’s average of five fentanyl deaths each day.
Fentanyl poisoning is the leading cause of unnatural death in Virginia and deaths from the drug have doubled in certain regions around the state since 2019.
Fentanyl can be mixed with other drugs or made to look like prescriptions with the user often unaware of the presence of fentanyl.