Las Vegas group urges parents to educate kids about drug addiction early

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (FOX5) – When is it too early to educate your kids about drugs? The PACT (Prevention, Advocacy, Choices, Teamwork) Coalition said it has a prevention program for children ages three to five.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing our overdose deaths tend to get younger and younger. It’s absolutely heartbreaking,” said PACT Executive Director Jamie Ross.

Ross spoke with the Metropolitan Police in Las Vegas on Thursday, March 24 on FOX5’s “Behind the Badge” segment. They discussed fentanyl and how just a small amount, mixed with pills, can lead to an overdose.

Ross said some kids who may not have touched heroin thought the pills were safe.

“But unfortunately these pills contain Fentanyl which is 50 times stronger than heroin. And so unfortunately you don’t know what you’re getting. It’s not like they’re made in a lab with strict quality controls,” Ross said.

Ross said parents should talk to their children in elementary school and beyond, and said it shouldn’t be a “once and for all” conversation.

“We regularly ask our secondary students; do you know where to buy medicine? Each of them says, oh absolutely. Yes. I know people who sell it. I know where to buy it,” Ross said.

Ross said fentanyl test strips and Narcan, which can save someone who overdoses, are available free from the Southern Nevada Health District. She said PACT also has a lot of good drug prevention information on its website.

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