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Fentanyl at Night: Save More Lives

Fentanyl at Night: Save More Lives

Let’s help stop overdoses and fentanyl deaths in the nighttime economy.

On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 24HourNation hosted a conversation about what businesses and events in our cities’ nightlife sectors could do to help save patrons from a drug overdoses.

  • This presentation will be of particular interest to:
  • Bar and restaurant managers
  • Event producers
  • Music venue operators
  • Community leaders
  • Nighttime governance professionals

Darryl Phillips has worked in the urban music, video and film sectors. He has been a director and executive producer of documentaries regarding social justice and activism. Darryl is as Executive Director of the Always Strive and Prosper Foundation.

Nathan Smiddy, known as “Narcan Nate,” overdosed for the first time when he was nineteen. Today, after reflecting on his own experiences, he distributes NARCAN and trains others in its use.

Ripley Soprano is the publisher of Dirty Magazine, NYC’s horniest fashion magazine. A collaborator and affiliate of the streetwear brand Brujas, Ripley is also an advocate for health autonomy.

Tatianna Paulino, Founder of the Always Strive and Prosper Foundation (and the mother of its inspiration, Steven “ASAP Yams” Rodriguez) was unable to join us due to being ill.

Because it is cheap to make, illicitly manufactured fentanyl is commonly mixed with drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. It can also be shaped into pills that resemble other prescription opioids.

Fentanyl-laced drugs are dangerous. Many may be unaware that the recreational drugs they take are laced with fentanyl.

According to the CDC, 107,375 people in the United States died of drug overdoses and drug poisonings in the 12-month period ending in January 2022. A staggering 67 percent of those deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Naloxone (like NARCAN® Nasal Spray) is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. Fentanyl test strips can also save lives.


During our December, 2022 webinar, “Fentanyl and the Night: Save More Lives,” we stated that we would add harm reduction resources to our website. Here are four organizations that are providing meaningful leadership in the nighttime economy:

Always Strive and Prosper Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit that provides young people with realistic education about substance use and abuse. It was established in honor of Steven “A$AP Yams” Rodriguez.

The NYC Office of Nightlife at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is bringing life-saving opioid overdose prevention tools and training to New York City’s nightlife and hospitality community.

Project Opioid and the Orlando Hospitality Alliance have launched D.R.I.P. (Downtown Overdose Reversal and Intervention Program), which will get an overdose reversal drugs into every bar, restaurant, and venue.

Volunteers for DanceSafe set up tables at music festivals, raves and other events to distribute information about harm reduction for safe and responsible drug use. The non-profit group’s new fentanyl test strips can quickly and reliably detect fentanyl and do not produce false positives


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