The Biggest Crisis Facing Our
Nation is Smaller Than the
Tip of a Pencil –
Which is Why
We Exist.

Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death among Americans ages 18-45. The time is now to fight.

* 2mg of fentanyl fits on the tip of a #2 pencil and it is enough to kill you.

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Fentanyl Deaths
in 2023

Fentanyl is the Leading Cause of Death Among Americans Ages 18-45

6 out of 10 Fentanyl-Laced Fake Prescription Pills Contain a Potentially Lethal Dose
of Fentanyl

Dedicated to Preventing
Death by Fentanyl

Fentanyl United Crisis Coalition reduces death by fentanyl by empowering youth to protect themselves against overdose, partnering with existing successful programs in harm reduction and developing and supporting new and existing strategies for fentanyl-related treatment and recovery.

The Story Behind FUCC

In 2020, the deadly drug fentanyl changed the lives of the Jigamian family forever. After battling with depression and anxiety, Milli Militi’s and Harry Jigamian’s first-born son, Giancarlo Giuseppe Jigamian, was killed by fentanyl, at the young age of 20. Grief-stricken and devastated, Milli wanted to avenge her son’s death by creating an organization to fight against America’s fentanyl crisis – the Fentanyl United Crisis Coalition (FUCC). FUCC was created to prevent death by fentanyl by empowering youth and adults to protect themselves against fentanyl overdose, developing new strategies focusing on fentanyl-specific treatment and recovery, supporting existing successful programs in prevention and harm reduction. So, give a FUCC, and help Milli and many others stop the madness and fight against fentanyl.

Meet the FUCC Founder and Advisors Fighting Against America’s Deadly FENTANYL Crisis

Milli Militi Jigamian

Founder and CEO of Fentanyl United Crisis Coalition (FUCC)

Born and raised in Southern California, Milli Militi Jigamian began her career in journalism after attending CSUN. She then moved to Seattle in 2006 with her family and two children, Giancarlo and Dante, and decided to advance her education and skills. She went on to attend Seattle Central Community College, earning an AA in Science and Opticianry and obtaining her Optician License from the State of Washington in 2013. Now, Milli is a Licensed Dispensing Optician and Frame Buyer for an eye clinic care and volunteers her expertise in the opticianry services department at the King County Department of Health Free Clinic, helping to provide free glasses to those in need.

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With over 20 years of experience in marketing, PR and event coordination, Milli founded the Fentanyl United Crisis Coalition (FUCC) in 2022. In 2020, her 20-year-old son, Giancarlo Giuseppe Jigamian, became a victim of a fentanyl overdose. Furious, grief-stricken and motivated, Milli decided it was time to stop the madness, and created FUCC to help prevent addiction and overdose from synthetic fentanyl so other families don’t have to experience the loss and suffering that her and her family are going through.

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Candace Lightner

Founder and President of We Save Lives
Founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

As MADD’s Founding Chief Executive Officer, Lightner masterminded MADD from a small California grassroots organization into an international corporation with 400+ chapters worldwide and an annual budget of more than 12 million dollars. She founded MADD after her 13-year-old daughter, Cari, was killed by a multiple repeat offending drunk driver.

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Lightner has been credited with saving more than 400,000 lives. Her advocacy led to the successful passage of more than 700 bills at the state and national levels, including legislation raising the drinking age to 21 — a move credited with saving thousands of lives. In 2014, Lightner founded We Save Lives, an organization that offers a representative voice on highway safety issues, focusing on the “3 D’s” — drugged, drunk and distracted driving.

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Ben Westhoff

Journalist / Investigative Reporter / Author

Ben Westhoff is an award-winning investigative reporter and author whose books are taught across the country and have been translated around the world, including Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Created the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic, the bombshell first book about the fentanyl epidemic. He has advised officials at the top levels of government about the opioid crisis, and been interviewed as an expert commentator on CNN, NPR, and CSPAN, and on full, dedicated episodes of “Fresh Air” and the “Joe Rogan Experience.”

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His new book, Little Brother, concerns his cold case investigation of the murder of his little brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and his previous book, Original Gangstas, is the definitive work on West Coast hip-hop. He has also written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone and the Guardian.

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Brad Finegood

MA, LMHC
Strategic Advisor at Public Health – Seattle & King County

With a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and master’s in community agency counseling with a specialty in alcohol and drug abuse from Western Michigan University, Finegood has worked in the behavioral health field for 20 years in both substances use disorder and mental health administration. In November 2017, Finegood was named one of the thirty most innovative influential people in Seattle by Seattle Magazine. Most importantly, he is the sibling and survivor of a younger sibling that passed away of an overdose.

Ric Militi

CEO and Executive Creative Director
InnoVision Marketing Group

With over 12 years of experience as the CEO and Executive Creative Director of InnoVision Marketing Group, Ric Militi is a pioneer of the anti-agency® concept, a new paradigm offering unparalleled client service, an all-inclusive pricing model, and a full range of in-house divisions and services including brand strategy, traditional & digital media placement and buying, creative strategies & services, Hispanic marketing, web development, social media & reputation management, public relations, video production and a talent agency.

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Ric’s mission is to exceed all client expectations by always going above and beyond and never settling for anything less than extraordinary. He leads a team of talented and passionate professionals who share his vision of modernizing and innovating the marketing industry, serving all categories with a focus on casino, healthcare, nonprofit, retail, airports, destination, fast-casual and QSR sectors.

Ric has a proven track record of creating and executing successful marketing campaigns that deliver results and impact. He has worked with notable icons and brands in the entertainment, media and hospitality industries, such as Merv Griffin, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Aaron Spelling, Pennzoil, Corona Beer, Domino’s Pizza, Neutrogena, Kahlúa, The Rio Las Vegas, Nissan, DreamWorks/SKG, Universal CityWalk and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. The agency boasts an impressive national & global client roster that includes Valley View Casino, Juan Valdez Café, Huey Magoo’s, Palomar Health, GNF Worldwide, SD Mojo Volleyball, Island Fin Poké Co., Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, JFK International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Krak Boba and Brotman Law.

Ric has served two terms on the nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts’ Board of Directors and is on the Advisory Board for NNAHRA (National Native American Human Resources Association). He is currently a Presidents’ Council Member at Palomar Health, California’s largest healthcare district, and a Board Member for GNF Worldwide, a global franchise consulting firm.

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Dante Francesco Militi Jigamian

Full-time Student – Art Center College of Design

Fentanyl United Crisis Coalition – Youth Advisor

A creative since childhood, Dante is currently majoring in Film with an emphasis on writing and directing. Having lost his big brother and best friend to a fentanyl overdose, right before COVID hit in 2020, Dante used his art to help him process the loss of his brother while not being able to attend his senior year in High School. With a gift for telling stories and having his finger on the pulse of teens and young adults, Dante’s insight, perspective and excellent communication skills are invaluable tools in helping us reach at-risk youth.

Face the Fentanyl Facts and Join the Fight.

Synthetic fentanyl is powerful, addictive, and extremely deadly, yet not many even know what it is. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Just two milligrams (2mg), the average size of a regular #2 pencil tip, is considered a lethal dosage. Often easily obtained, this murderous drug comes in all forms such as colorful, candy-like pills (which is the most common form) liquids, powders and it is often laced in other drugs due to its potency and pain-numbing side effects.

To counteract fentanyl’s deadly nature, the Fentanyl United Crisis Coalition (FUCC) was created to raise awareness about its toxicity and lethality and reduce the likelihood of addiction and death by fentanyl among teens and young adults.

You can join in this fight and support our initiatives by getting educated, spreading the word and making a donation. Don’t wait until it affects you and your loved ones, act now.

Easily obtained and due to its cheap cost and addictive nature, criminal drug networks are mass-producing fake pills and falsely marketing them as legitimate prescription pills. Often sold on social media and e-commerce platforms, they are readily available to anyone with a smartphone, including our kids. Many fake pills are made to look like prescription drugs such as oxycodone (Oxycontin®, Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®) and alprazolam (Xanax®), or stimulants like amphetamines (Adderall®). It is also commonly mixed with drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. Often people are unaware that their drugs are tainted with deadly fentanyl.

To counteract fentanyl’s deadly nature, the Fentanyl United Crisis Coalition (FUCC) was created to raise awareness about its toxicity and lethality and reduce the likelihood of addiction and death by fentanyl among teens and young adults.

You can join in this fight and support our initiatives by getting educated, spreading the word and making a donation to support our initiatives. Don’t wait until it affects you and your loved ones, act now.

Stopping the Madness One Spray and Test Strip at a Time

Encountering a laced substance does not have to be a death sentence. There are ways in which we can reduce harm and save lives, so help us destigmatize the use of Narcan and test strips.

First, familiarize yourself with a life-saving nasal spray, known as Narcan, to prevent overdose. Narcan reverses and reduces opioid effects and overdoses through the nasal cavity when administered properly. Narcan should be normalized and should be carried everywhere to save a life.

Next, make sure to test everything! Remember, you don’t have to suffer from Substance Abuse Disorder to test your drugs. Recreational users and people experimenting for the first time should also test. By properly using test strips, never using alone and having Narcan readily available, you are decreasing the risk of an overdose. In many U.S. states, test strips are illegal, even though research has shown that they can prevent death and the CDC supports them. One of our many goals is to reverse these laws.

How to Save Lives and Inspire Change

Recognizing the signs of a fentanyl overdose is extremely important to saving lives. Since fentanyl is a potent opioid, the symptoms are extremely similar. Here is what to look out for, according to the CDC.

  • Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”
  • Falling asleep or losing consciousness
  • Slow, weak, or no breathing
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Limp body
  • Cold and/or clammy skin
  • Discolored skin (especially in lips and nails)

If you notice someone who seems to be overdosing, take these steps immediately, according to the CDC.

  • Call 911 immediately.*
  • Administer Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, if available.
  • Try to keep the person awake and breathing.
  • Lay the person on their side to prevent choking.
  • Stay with the person until help or emergency assistance arrives.

*Most states have laws that may protect a person who is overdosing or the person who called for help from legal trouble.

When administered properly, Narcan brand Naloxone is one of few solutions that can reverse an opioid overdose. Click here to find the nearest Naloxone Distribution Center near you.

Modern day test kits do not test for fentanyl. To keep yourself safe or your friends safe, make sure to use fentanyl-specific test strips. You can purchase them here and receive FREE shipping.

For more information, please visit the CDC article, Fentanyl Test Strips: A Harm Reduction Strategy.

Fentanyl is extremely powerful and addictive. Luckily, there are many different treatment and recovery centers made available for people struggling with addiction. Please click here for more information.

According to the CDC and National Institute on Drug Abuse, the signs and symptoms of someone using fentanyl may include:

  • Euphoria and extreme relaxation: Fentanyl can induce a sense of intense happiness and relaxation, leading to a state of euphoria.
  • Drowsiness and sedation: Fentanyl can cause extreme drowsiness, making it difficult for individuals to stay awake or carry out daily activities.
  • Confusion and disorientation: Users may appear confused or disoriented, having difficulty concentrating or understanding their surroundings.
  • Constricted pupils: Fentanyl use can cause pinpoint pupils, where the size of the pupils becomes significantly smaller than usual.
  • Slow breathing and respiratory depression: One of the most dangerous effects of fentanyl is respiratory depression, which can lead to shallow or slowed breathing. This can be life-threatening.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Some individuals may experience nausea and vomiting as side effects of fentanyl use.
  • Itching and flushed skin: Fentanyl can cause itching or a flushed appearance of the skin.
  • Unconsciousness or unresponsiveness: In cases of overdose, individuals may become unconscious or unresponsive, and their skin may turn pale or blue.

According to Detective Brian Glennon, in addition to the physical symptoms, other things to look for are many different types of paraphernalia, such as tin foil, needles, needle tops (often orange), cotton swabs, a lot of water bottles some with cotton swabs inside, water bottle tops, rubber bands, ripped corner of sandwich bags, glassine envelopes, lighters, rolled up dollar bills and cut straws.

Finding any of these items and/or noticing any of the physical symptoms is cause for intervention with your loved one and a sign that they may need professional help. A good place to start is The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Hotline: https://www.samhsa.gov/mental-health

Substance Abuse Disorder must be treated in the same manner that any disease is treated. Too many people do not seek help for themselves or loved one for fear of being harshly judged and shunned by society. Please educate yourself and help end the harmful myth that addiction is a choice. Start and click here and spread the word.

Widely known journalist, Ben Westhoff, reveals the real reason behind the fentanyl crisis through his book titled Fentanyl Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Created the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic.

Click here to purchase his book.

According to the DEA Laboratory, six out of ten fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. Click here to see the differences in authentic fentanyl pills compared to the murderous pills.

Looking for help, but unsure where to start? Click here to learn where you and your loved ones can get support and educational resources for substance use disorder. You’ll find information on specific treatments, categorized by opioid use disorder, stimulant use disorder or a combination of opioid and stimulant. Professionals, friends and family can also find helpful resources to support a loved one. Click here to find the right resource for you.

Use this FREE online program to start training for an opioid overdose emergency. Get Naloxone Now offers training for bystanders to help prevent, recognize and respond to an overdose. For first responders, Get Naloxone Now offers a separate program to help police officers, firefighters and EMTs reverse opioid overdoses and save lives faster. It takes as little as 20 minutes and could prevent countless deaths. Click here to register for the training today. To learn more about Get Naloxone Now, click here.

FUCC Initiatives to Reduce Death by Fentanyl

Encountering a laced substance does not have to be a death sentence. There are ways in which we can prevent death by fentanyl and save lives, including:

  • Raising awareness among teens and young adults about the dangers of fentanyl and educating them about harm reduction via an active social media campaign.
  • Distribution of information and life-saving tools such as Narcan, fentanyl test strips and treatment resources at community events geared to youth. Narcan reverses and reduces opioid effects and overdoses through the nasal cavity when administered properly. Narcan is approved by the FDA for over-the-counter sales and should be carried everywhere to potentially save a life. Properly using fentanyl test strips to test other substances for the presence of fentanyl can reduce the risk of an overdose.
  • Reducing stigma by meeting people who use drugs “where they’re at,” without shame or judgment.
  • Providing resources for people who suffer from Substance Use Disorder (SUD).
  • Providing support and resources for friends, family and caregivers who want to help their loved ones who are using and at risk for fentanyl overdose.
  • Providing harm reduction presentations to college students.
  • Advocating for safer treatment protocols specifically pertaining to fentanyl users.
  • Advocating for legalization of fentanyl testing equipment.

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