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Suzanne Youngkin and AG Miyares Announce Results of Fentanyl Awareness Program in Roanoke

An event was hosted to highlight the It Only Takes One campaign’s accomplishments to date and announce its expansion across the Commonwealth

Virginia First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin  hosted an event at the Williamson Road Branch Library on Monday to announce the results of the fentanyl awareness campaign, It Only Takes One, and launch the initiative’s second phase. The First Lady was joined by Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares and representatives from the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and the Office of Health and Human Resources.

Stakeholders from the Roanoke community presented their grassroot efforts to further fentanyl messaging. Presenters included Roanoke City Public Schools, the Partnership for Community Wellness, the Health Department, Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition and the Roanoke City Sheriff’s and Mayor’s Office.

“This campaign is rooted in the belief that saving lives starts with conversations and education,” said First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin. “Fentanyl may be a silent killer, but we will not be silent about the dangers.”

Suzanne Youngkin launched It Only Takes One in January – alongside leaders such as Attorney General Miyares and Secretary of Health and Human Resources John Littel – to combat the Commonwealth’s growing fentanyl crisis, which kills approximately five Virginians every day. The pilot program focused on spreading awareness about the drug’s deadly effects and painful impact on families throughout Roanoke.

After its six-month pilot, the campaign’s ad content has reached around 240,000 Roanoke adults with a teen or child in their lives. Familiarity with fentanyl increased by 12% among parents who saw ad content, and they reported being 55% more likely to initiate a conversation with their children about the deadly opioid. Over 500 adults signed the It Only Takes One pledge to talk to a teen about fentanyl before summer.

Teens who saw ad content themselves were 32% more familiar with fentanyl, 46% more aware that a single pill could cause death and 24% more likely to know that fentanyl is found in illegal drugs. Perhaps most importantly, they reported a 136% increase in conversations with adults about the risks.

“Every life lost to fentanyl is one too many. Through education and awareness about fentanyl and counterfeit drugs, we can all contribute to safeguarding our communities and our youth,” said Attorney General Jason Miyares. “Roanoke’s progress is promising, and I look forward to the beginning of Phase 2.”

This pilot campaign is part of an ongoing and comprehensive effort to end overdose in the Commonwealth and aid those with behavioral health challenges by coming alongside Governor Youngkin’s Right Help, Right Now Behavioral Health Plan and Executive Order 26. It Only Takes One reaffirms the Commonwealth’s commitment to educating the public about the prevalence and danger of fentanyl and providing resources to those struggling with substance use disorder and other behavioral health challenges.

“I firmly believe that educating Virginians about the dangers of fentanyl and the life-saving resources available to them is the key to lasting change,” said Secretary of Health and Human Resources John Littel. “We have already measurably shifted the narrative with this campaign – and we’re only just beginning.”

Phase 2 of the program will continue these efforts in additional areas across the Commonwealth by hosting awareness events and providing resources for adults. For more information and additional resources, visit

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