FentAlert: Empowering Youth for Safer Choices − SAMHSA Fentanyl Awareness Youth Challenge

By Nirja Shah

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is conducting a Fentanyl Awareness Youth Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to increase youth awareness, education, and prevention around the dangers of fentanyl, especially the hidden dangers of fake pills and other contaminants that can lead to drug overdose deaths. 

Youth can participate by developing and submitting a community strategy by the February 26, 2024 deadline to educate their peers about fentanyl and fake pills ― and prevent drug overdose deaths. The top 6 ideas will be awarded a $5,000 prize each, and up to 25 youth will receive a $2,000 honorable mention prize.

See below for more information on eligibility, participation rules, and requirements. You can also find more information on SAMHSA’s Fentanyl Awareness Youth Challenge here.