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April 28, 2022 – “You have to have a very direct conversation,” she said. “You have to say, ‘I’m not saying you’re going to do it, but in the event you’re around people and doing it, I want you to be aware of what’s going on.’”
Fentanyl has become the driving force in many drug overdose deaths, especially since it can be laced in recreational narcotics. Adults and juveniles are unknowingly consuming the opioid without realizing fentanyl is in it.
Community Services, the public behavioral health provider for individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and developmental disabilities in Greater Prince William, is aware and very concerned regarding the increase in opioid use and dependence among youth in our community and across Northern Virginia region, according to a statement from Community Services Executive Director Lisa Madron.
“We know that there are several contributing factors to this, but a very significant one is that pills are being sold and distributed in our community known as “Perc 30s,” which are pressed fentanyl,” Madron said. “These pills are what many of our opioid-dependent youth are using.” Since January, Prince William County Community Services has been coordinating youth opioid use brainstorming sessions with local stakeholders. The purpose of the brainstorming sessions is to examine the scope of the problem, current gaps in services, and strategies for addressing the treatment needs of youth struggling with opioid use disorders.