Benton County launches Fentanyl Aware Campaign

Image text laid over various road signs says, "Know the signs of an overdose."
Tuesday, May 9, 2023

May 9 is National Fentanyl Awareness Day and the Benton County Health Department, in partnership with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Corvallis Police Department, and the Benton County Board of Commissioners is launching a new campaign to help raise community awareness about the powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl.

The County has seen increased calls to 911, emergency room visits, and even death because of recent increases in the supply and use of fentanyl in Benton County. The campaign, modeled after Lane County’s, is aimed at counteracting these negative effects by empowering the community with knowledge, tools, and resources.

“Our new campaign will provide youth, families, and community members with tools to stay safe, how to spot and respond to an overdose, and resources for treatment,” said Mara Sargent, Substance Misuse Prevention and Education Coordinator. “We’re thankful to partner with local law enforcement to offer information sessions to the community.”

As part of the Fentanyl Aware campaign, the three agencies will hold their first English information session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 at the Benton County Kalapuya building located at 4500 SW Research Way in Corvallis. Plans are also underway for a Spanish session. Community members are invited to attend the session, which will include information on local crime and overdose statistics, tips for parents, how to find and use naloxone, connections to resources, and free safety tools.

Benton County will also promote this information on web and social media channels as well as through partnerships and educational opportunities with school districts and community organizations.  

To learn more and follow the campaign, visit


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