Opioid Use & Prevention


More students across California and the U.S. are overdosing from fentanyl that is increasingly being distributed as pills understood to be a different substance, and sometimes in colors and shapes that appeal to adolescents and young children.

Rainbow fentanyl can be found in many forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that can resemble sidewalk chalk or candy.

All school-based health centers and schools should have naloxone available and staff should be trained to use it. Anyone can administer naloxone if they are given instructions.

Naloxone Resources

Watch our recorded webinar on how one school-based health center is integrating naloxone for overdose treatment.

See our SBIRT Quick Guides for more information on how your school-based health center can address and treat substance use.

Frequently Asked Questions on Utilizing Naloxone has helpful background information.

For more information on naloxone, please see the California Department of Public Health’s Naloxone webpage.

How to Get Free Naloxone

Schools and SBHCs can obtain free naloxone from the Naloxone Distribution Project offered by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

Schools can also obtain free naloxone from the Free Narcan (noloxone HCI) for Schools Program offered by Emergent Biosolutions.

Websites Recommended by Our Youth Board & School-Based Health Providers

Our Youth Board and school-based health providers from across the state reviewed existing substance use prevention websites and found these websites to be the most youth-friendly and impactful:

Just Think Twice 

PA Opioid Prevention Project

Case Study