Resources and information about the fentanyl crisis will be available at an upcoming town hall hosted by Frisco ISD for parents and high school students, according to the district’s website.

The town hall, scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. April 20 at the FISD administration building, will feature a panel of speakers including representatives from the Frisco Police Department and local medical officials.

FISD will also livestream the meeting, which can be accessed at

“As a board, as a district, as a community, the fentanyl crisis is real,” FISD board President René Archambault said during an April 4 meeting. “We’re seeing so many horrific stories about overdoses on campuses [across the nation], and if there’s anything that we can do to educate our community about just how dangerous this is, then we need to be doing that.”

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Since 2019, provisional data shows a more than 500% increase in fentanyl-related deaths among Texans. The department calls for schools and youth programs to increase awareness about fentanyl and provide education about how to help prevent drug misuse and addiction.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify a comment from René Archambault, FISD board president.