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Fentanyl awareness rally planned for Friday evening in Greenville

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Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The powerful synthetic opioid has been tied to an increasing number of accidental deaths in Texas and nationwide.

In Greenville, local residents have planned a rally tomorrow evening in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of fentanyl poisoning. The Greenville Herald Banner reports the organizers are led by Misty Greer-Little, whose adult daughter Cheyenne died two years ago after taking a fentanyl pill she thought was hydrocodone.

Fentanyl is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid that is safe when taken as prescribed but deadly in all but the tiniest amounts. Greer-Little told the Herald banner that eight people died as a result of fentanyl poisoning in Hunt County last year and there have been three such deaths so far in 2023.

Recently, the nasal spray Narcan has been approved for over-the-counter use. It contains the drug naloxone, which can reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Organizers of tomorrow’s rally plan to give away Narcan at the event. It’s scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hunt County courthouse.