How To Talk To Kids About Drugs, Including Fentanyl

posted by Marilyn Hyder - 

The message the DEA gives to kids in school applies to everyone, especially with fentantyl laced cocaine killing people in their 30's and 40's in Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach.

There have been three deaths and two people nearly died after using the cocaine.

Rocky Herron is a special agent for the DEA in San Diego. He says the message is the same for everyone: Nothing is safe. 

Just Thursday, in El Centro, three brothers were arrested after attempting to sell over 20,000 tablets of fentanyl to undercover agent, according to federal prosecutors

.Jose Atalo Felix-Beltran, Arturo Felix-Beltran and Osvaldo Felix-Beltran drove to a restaurant in El Centro where they tried to sell thousands of tablets of fentanyl to a buyer who was actually an undercover agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman says“ we are seizing fentanyl at an alarming rate. Despite our relentless efforts to interdict this dangerous drug and educate the community, people are still risking their lives. The next pill you take could very well be your last. Don’t do it.”

The seized fentanyl tablets were manufactured to look like 30 mg tablets of oxycodone, officials reported. The combined weight of the tablets was approximately 2.23 kilograms of fentanyl.

Herron's presentations, "I Choose My Future are presented in San Diego schools, and he's spoken to to kids  in Columbia, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mexico. 

He says parents are the ones who need to start the message about drugs and keep it going.

He says many believe kids are get ting the message  in school, but they're not, unless it's a special DEA presentation, which are free and can be requested through the DEA.

Find out what Herron tells kids, and you can do the same at home.

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