Dare Health and Human Services seeks business partners for ‘Fentanyl Kills’ campaign

By on March 16, 2023


As part of its continuing efforts to combat the use and spread of dangerous drugs, the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DCDHHS) is launching a “Fentanyl Kills” public education campaign and seeking partners to help spread that message.

Last month, the Voice reported on an effort by DCDHHS to supply fentanyl test strips, naloxone, medicine lock boxes, medicine disposal kits and other resources to businesses—such as gas stations and grocery stores—that that agree to partner in the effort, allowing patrons to pick up the materials at no cost. (SEE: Dare Health officials and merchants partner to save lives)

As part of the national opioid settlement funding, Dare County will receive $3.4 million over the next 18 years, with $420,000 designated for the current fiscal year—some of which is going to fund the “Fentanyl Kills” campaign.

Here is the information from DCDHHS.

The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DCDHHS) is launching a “Fentanyl Kills” Mass Public Awareness Campaign and is seeking to partner with local businesses, agencies and restaurants that are interested in increasing community awareness around the dangers of fentanyl.

Participating organizations or businesses can sign up to receive materials and supplies such as posters, stickers, pens and bar napkins that share important messages aimed at educating and preventing deaths from fentanyl. DCDHHS can also provide businesses with dispensers containing lifesaving tools such as Fentanyl test strips and Naloxone, which rapidly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

The “Fentanyl Kills” campaign, funded with monies allotted to Dare County through the national opioid settlement last year, will include advertising via radio, social media and other targeted digital marketing that share vital information to the public on the dangers of fentanyl.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported last month that 4,041 people lost their lives to overdose in 2021, representing a 22 percent increase over the prior year. Of those deaths, more than 77% likely involved fentanyl. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl is on the drug market in different forms and is commonly mixed with other drugs.

To participate in the “Fentanyl Kills” campaign, please fill out the following form:  https://forms.gle/912eBMFCuRFvgC5t9. For more information about the campaign, contact DCDHHS Health Education and Outreach Manager Roxana Ballinger at 252-475-5619 or roxana.ballinger@darenc.gov.




  • Glenn

    Should the “Fentanyl Campaign” also include shutting down the Southern Border and ensuring that those who enter our country do so legally and are properly vetted to make sure they’re not fentanyl cartel members? If not, campaigns of this nature are, unfortunately, like plugging a hole on a leaking dam with your finger. All for assisting those suffering from these terrible addictions but we need to get serious about stopping those that are poisoning so many of our fellow citizens.

    Thursday, Mar 16 @ 4:25 pm
  • Bill

    Glenn – Shutting down the Southern Border ? Those drugs are not being brought into this country by individuals crossing the desert. They are smuggled in through Points of Entry and tunnels. The War on Drugs has been going on since the Nixon Administration. Interdiction has not and never will solve the problem. As long as there is a demand there will drugs. The Opioid Epidemic was not brought here. It was created right here by Pharmaceutical Companies.

    Thursday, Mar 16 @ 7:43 pm
  • CorollaCat

    Everybody calm down.
    WTF is a fentanyl cartel member?
    I’m pretty sure there is mostly loads of women and kids…, and dudes just tryin to do some work.
    Well done DCDHHS.
    Calm down G

    Friday, Mar 17 @ 1:22 am
  • pat nash

    I think all that money would be better spent on homelessness and poverty in NC and our poor seniors..struggling with ridiculous health care costs in an out of date Medicare system..sooo sad to see the ones who are the backbone of society to be treated so poorly..and Dare County is one of the worst!!

    Friday, Mar 17 @ 7:35 pm