We are asking members of the Song for Charlie community to help us inform young people about the dangers of fentapills. The most powerful messages come from people who have been directly impacted by the death of a loved one. We learn from our peers, so we hope to engage people between ages 13-30 in this effort to prevent future tragedies.
If you have lost a friend, partner, sibling, or cousin to a fentapill, we invite you to share your story in a short video testimonial. If you want to tell your story as a survivor, we welcome your story as well. We will be posting these videos across all of our social platforms.
To ensure that your story is sharable, please make sure it is no more than 60 seconds long. If you are willing to share your story publicly, please make sure to read over our tips and requirements first.
Example of what we are looking for
IntroA little time planning can go a long way and give you much more success than just forwarding a mail or a link. Think through these topics and be sure to do your research.
Educate yourselfMake sure you have a good understanding of what is happening with the drug landscape in America with the introduction of fentanyl so you are able to competently and confidently speak to the issues. Some good resources: The Fentapill Problem: A Summary Parent Resources
Personal StoryAre you a bereaved parent yourself or have a close friend or family member who is? Personal stories have huge impact. Think about if and how you want to tell that story as part of this effort in a way that makes the impact you are looking for and respects your child and family. Decide what aspects of your story you are not willing to share or are not important to the main message.
Local NewsLocate one or more relatively recent news stories from your own community or those nearby (google ‘fentanyl’ and your city or state). The more current and specific the story is about age, Fentapills, social media, etc., the better. Save these web links.
DataFind key data points and information about fentanyl/fentapills from reputable places that support the idea that this is needed in your community. If you can access local data and information through your local health department or law enforcement, that is ideal. Also be on the lookout for specific data points in local news articles. Songforcharlie.org is a good place for national numbers. Here are some links that can help you find national and state insights: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm#dashboard https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/han00438.asp https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/analysis.html https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/synthetic/index.html https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/statedeaths.html https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00395.asp https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state
Existing curriculumIf your school district publishes their learning standards and/or curriculum, find out what is already included on this topic. If you have a teacher contact that teaches health curriculum, they can help you find this. It can be helpful if you know the specific learning standard/target you are trying to influence (i.e.: “Educate students on the social and health impacts of misuse of controlled substances”). If you can get your hands on classroom content, it is helpful to know if it specifically covers fake pills that can easily bought on social media so you know if there is a gap in the existing curriculum being taught in your schools.