One pill can kill. That's the message from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Mexico Joint Counter Drug Task Force, and part of a meeting hosted by Las Cruces Public Schools for parents and community stakeholders on the deadly threat of fentanyl.
According to the DEA, fake prescription drugs can be trafficked on social media under familiar names like Xanax, Adderall or Percocet, but dealers are making the fake pills with cheaper, stronger and more deadly substances like fentanyl – which is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 more times more potent than morphine. Fentanyl is odorless, tasteless and colorless and – as the presentation suggests – one pill can kill you.
"We thank Las Cruces Public Schools for allowing us to speak to their parents about this real-life threat killing young people throughout our communities,” said Greg Millard, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s El Paso Division. “Parents need to have open, honest conversations with all their loved ones about this issue., and we thank LCPS and the New Mexico National Guard leadership for facilitating this discussion.”
“Our school district values the life of every single student,” said LCPS Superintendent Ralph Ramos. “Opening this conversation with parents, students and families reinforces our commitment to their safety. It all starts with educating everyone on the threat of this drug and how we as a school community can come together to prevent an unnecessary death from occurring.”
A presentation on One Pill Can Kill will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. Karen M. Trujillo Administration Complex, 505 S. Main Street in Las Cruces. The public is invited to attend.