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U.S. Attorney’s Office Releases Fentanyl Awareness Day PSA

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Utah
May 7, 2024, is National Fentanyl Awareness Day

Salt Lake City, Utah – In recognition of National Fentanyl Awareness Day, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah joins state, local, federal, Tribal, and community partners to raise awareness and educate the public about the lethal dangers of fentanyl. Watch PSA here

Evidence bags of fentanyl

According to the DEA, fentanyl has saturated the drug market in Utah. It is cheaper, more potent, and more widely available than ever before.  According to the CDC, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the United States. Over 150 people die every day from synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Last month the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the DEA, announced the first Utah Drug Overdose Task Force to combat fentanyl and other illicit drugs in the beehive state. The task force is made up of 10 state, local and federal law enforcement offices throughout the Wasatch Front. For more information on the task force, click here.

For more information about the dangers of fentanyl and facts, visit or DEA.Gov/FentanlyAwareness


Felicia Martinez
Public Affairs Specialist
(801) 325-3237
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Updated May 6, 2024

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Press Release Number: 24-51