‘No cap’: CMPD’s new fentanyl awareness campaign uses slang to reach young people

Fentanyl overdose deaths are up 20% from last year, police say. CMPD’s new campaign hopes to reach younger people through slang used by teens.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police launched a new fentanyl awareness campaign Thursday called, “No Cap, Those Pills are Sus,” designed to reduce overdose deaths that have been labeled a crisis in the Charlotte area

The campaign’s name uses slang in an effort to target young people and their families, according to CMPD. The main goal of this campaign is to prevent overdose deaths through education with younger people who are unaware of the risks of fentanyl. CMPD says it has seen a 20% increase in confirmed fentanyl overdoses this year compared to 2022. The majority of those deaths (60%) are people who were younger than 40. 

Read the article and watch the video on the WCNC website.

Fentanyl crisis needs everyone’s attention

by Rob Schofield, NC Newsline
October 27, 2023

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New Hanover County Billboard Project

The Fentvic New Hanover Billboard project is live in New Hanover County.

The locations of the 6 public safety billboards in New Hanover County are:

  • 1. 143 S College Road + Market Street
  • 2. 5216 Oleander Drive + Hawthorne
  • 3. 1328 US 421 + Spencer Farlow Drive
  • 4. US-17 + 7491 Market Street
  • 5. US-17 + Military Cutoff exit
  • 6. US-17S + NC210

Chuck Todd: China and Mexico ‘are not willing partners’ in addressing fentanyl crisis

The DEA calls fentanyl “the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered” yet the U.S. has struggled over administrations to address the growing crisis.

Chuck Todd discusses the sources of fentanyl coming into the US on Meet the Press

In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas discusses the crisis of fentanyl flowing into America and the Biden administration’s plan to handle an expected surge of migrants at the southern border.

Chuck Todd interviews Alejandro Mayorkas and discusses fentanyl beginning at the 8:53 mark.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) joins Meet the Press to discuss his state’s challenges in fighting addiction and the federal government’s failed responses in previous administrations.

Chuck Todd interviews Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown regarding the fentanyl crisis

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram says the Biden administration’s approach to the fentanyl epidemic is not a war on drugs but “a fight to save lives” and addresses China and Mexico’s roles in the illicit drug trade in an interview with Meet the Press.

Boone Police issues PSA after responding to four overdose calls Saturday

BOONE — The Boone Police Department has issued a public service announcement after officers responded to four overdose calls on Saturday, July 1.

“These were very serious cases and we came very close to losing a young man. We suspect fentanyl may be involved,” the department stated. “If you have never had to tell parents that their child is gone, consider yourself lucky. Unfortunately, we have lost count on how many times we have had to give parents and family members the worst news of their life, and we hope not to have to do it again today.

The department stated officers spend a lot of time and effort to arrest and disrupt drug traffickers and have a good deal of success intercepting shipments before it arrives in Boone, but cannot get it all.

“While I don’t condone the use of illegal substances, we care about everyone in our community, including those who struggle with addiction,” Boone Police Chief Andy Le Beau said. “Our goal is to save lives by encouraging users to get help and to bring drug dealers to justice.”

Read the full article on the Watauga Democrat website.


May 29-June 26, 2023, 24/7, digital and illuminated.

Winston-Salem, Forsyth County NC, 2 locations

Purpose is to raise awareness of the 13,376 NC victims of illicit fentanyl poisonings and to generate public safety conversations within communities and families about the dangers of illicit fentanyl, particularly counterfeit pills.  Illicit fentanyl killed over 523 Forsyth County residents in the past 9 years, 2013-August 2022.  (source:  North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, Vital Statistics Death Certificate Data)

These are the first billboards of the FENTVIC.ORG Campaign.  They feature 19 NC illicit fentanyl poisoning victims with permission of their families.  The campaign will run in other cities throughout NC exclusively featuring NC illicit fentanyl poisoning victims.  Future campaign locations and dates TBD.


Administered by Fentanyl Victims Network of NC (fentvic), www.fentvic.org,

Barb Walsh, Executive Director, 919-614-3830, barb@fentvic.org.  Fentvic is a charitable nonprofit located in Cary NC.  EIN #88-3921380.  Fentvic fights illicit fentanyl in NC. Fentvic advocates for public safety for all and justice for NC families permanently damaged by illicit fentanyl poisonings.

In partnership with Forgotten Victims of NC, Patricia Drewes, Founder, 252-204-9611, patriciadrewes@yahoo.com, link to FB page:  http://forgottenvictimsofnc.org/

Campaign Locations & Artwork developed Adams Outdoor Advertising, Julie Belnap, Account Executive,336-926-3850 (cell), jbelnap@adamsoutdoor.com

FENTVIC.ORG  NC BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN: 2 locations in Winston Salem, Forsyth County

  1. Digital Group One features NC fentanyl victims Alexandra, Christian, Gabriella, Heaven, Hunter, Jared, Jeremiah, Robert, Sophia, and Zack:  Billboard location:  sign 305-4.  B40 .12 miles East of Stratford Road N, Exit 3C N/side of highway Facing west.  You can park off Miller Street (near Publix) behind the Mayberry’s Restaurant to view this digital (parking lot area there for viewing) Google Maps.
  2. Digital Group Two features NC fentanyl victims Abigail, Ashley, Carissa, Chase, Marshall, Martin, Michiko, Mikey, Sophia, and Vincent.  Billboard Location:  sign 602-4. B40 .37 miles West of Old Greensboro Rd/ Linville Road (Exit 10)NS Facing west.  Take Exit 10 to Linville Road, and head towards Smokin’ Harley Davidson dealer.  Go past the dealer toward Pepsi plant (turn around and you can park on side of service road for viewing) Google Maps.

FVNNC buttons now available

Conversation starter buttons!  40 DESIGNS!  These eye catching buttons create awareness & reduce stigma about illicit fentanyl.  Mix & match!  Get one for every member of the family.  Proceeds from button donations will fund 2023 NC Family Summit and on-going Fentanyl Victims Network of NC grassroots programs.

One button for $10 donation, 5 buttons for $35 donation, 10 buttons for $50 donations.  One sticker included with each button or received 10 stickers for a $7 donation.

Visit the FVNNC Shop for more information.