Substance Use

SBCUSD Virtual Fentanyl Awareness Town Hall
The District and its educational partners hosted a virtual Fentanyl Awareness Town Hall on Monday, November 7, 2022, 6 to 7:30 p.m., to provide information and resources on the opioid crisis afflicting communities.

This event’s primary focus was to educate families on the dangers of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Panelists included Steve Filson from the national nonprofit Victims of Illicit Drugs, or VOID, and Sergeant David Salyer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Fentanyl/Opioid crisis is one of the most critical safety issues impacting our communities,” said SBCUSD Safety and Emergency Manager Eric Vetere, who is among the town hall speakers. “The San Bernardino City Unified School District is committed to combating the fentanyl crisis with our law enforcement, educational, and public health partners through education, awareness, prevention, and response.

Typically, fentanyl is used to treat severe pain; however, illegally manufactured fentanyl is mixed with other illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and fake prescription pills, sometimes with or without a user’s knowledge, to increase the euphoric effects and has been linked to overdoses and deaths, including among teens.

What is a Substance Use Disorder (SUD)?
Substance Use Disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. 

Spotting signs in a family member or friend:
A person with a SUD would have changes in appetite or sleep patterns, deterioration of physical appearance, decline of grooming habits, sudden weight loss or weight gain, tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination.

Educate Yourself

Other Resources are available in English and Spanish
from the California Department of Public Health

Talk To Your Children

Teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t. 

Educate Your Child on the Dangers of Fentanyl
  1. Watch the video with your child
  2. Have a discussion:
    • What did you learn about Fentanyl?
    • What would you say if you are offered Fentanyl?
    • What would you do if a friend is using Fentanyl?
    • How can you share this information with friends?

Support an Opioid User

Community Treatment Resources

There are various treatment resources throughout the community such as Inland Valley Recovery Services and Inland Behavioral & Health Services.

For information and referral for treatment services, please contact your student's assigned counselor.

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health offers a wide variety of substance use disorder recovery services for youth and adults, including outpatient services and residential treatment.

Substance Use Disorder: 24 Hour Hotline

(800) 968-2636

777 North F Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410 | Phone: (909) 381-1100 | Fax:

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