National Fentanyl Awareness Day on May 7th provides an opportunity to have an open, honest conversation with your kids about the dangers of fentanyl. Watch the four-minute video above, then have a relaxed conversation with your kids. Here are a few tips on how to keep it low-key:

  • Talk while completing a task. You can chat while making dinner or walking the dog.
  • Dress for the occasion. Many of us get dressed up for presentations at work. This is on the other end of the spectrum. Wear comfortable clothing so you can relax. This conversation might be quick, or it could take a while. Show you’re ready either way.
  • Talk over food. Dinner, a cup of hot cocoa, a glass of iced tea, a bowl of ice cream…all help set a casual tone.
  • Reassure your child that this is about learning together, not judging. Remind them you will love and support them no matter what.

Here are a few conversation starter questions from the National Fentanyl Awareness Day toolkit that might help you:

  • “What fact from the video did you find most surprising?”
  • “Why do you think teens rate fentanyl as less dangerous than cocaine or heroin, even though it’s much more deadly?”
  • “Why do you think some young people take pills they didn’t get from a pharmacist?”
  • “Do you see drugs at school?”
  • “Do you feel like you can talk to friends and family about fentanyl? If not, what would have to change?”
  • “What steps can we take as a family to stay informed about drug safety?”

For more information, visit the National Fentanyl Awareness Day website.