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Happening tonight: Modesto City Schools presentation on fentanyl, as OD deaths keep rising

Two free community events with information on the dangers of illegal fentanyl will be held in Modesto this week.

Modesto City Schools will hold a presentation titled “One Pill Can Kill” Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre, 1307 J St. The school district is coordinating the event with Stanislaus Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, the District Attorney’s Office and other groups that are spreading awareness about fentanyl.

A Spanish-language presentation on “el fentanilo” is set for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Modesto High School cafeteria, 18 H St.

Both events will offer free snacks and family resources.

Parents can learn about the different forms of fentanyl sold illegally and how to keep their families safe. Local families will share their tragic stories about losing loved ones to fentanyl.

Stanislaus County had a record high of 135 deaths caused by fentanyl overdose or poisoning in 2023. All age groups were affected. The total number of fatal overdoses from all drugs climbed to 206 last year, a 17% increase over 2022.

By far, most of the fatal overdoses from illegal drug use occurred in Modesto. For more information about the awareness events call 209-492-4405.