LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District will present all its schools with a drugs that may reverse opioid overdoses, after at the very least seven youngsters overdosed on drugs probably laced with fentanyl in current weeks, together with a 15-year-old woman who died on a highschool campus.
“We have an urgent crisis on our hands,” district Superintendent Alberto Carvalho mentioned at a information convention Thursday.
Carvalho mentioned doses of naloxone, additionally recognized by the model identify Narcan, will likely be provided to all schools from kindergarten by way of twelfth grade within the subsequent few weeks — about 1,400 schools in whole. The county public well being division will present the medicine totally free.
The nation’s second-largest faculty district can even start an academic marketing campaign that features mum or dad outreach and “peer-to-peer” counseling to warn college students concerning the risks of fentanyl.
Police mentioned at the very least seven youngsters have overdosed up to now month after taking drugs that most likely contained fentanyl, an artificial opioid 80 to 100 occasions extra highly effective than morphine. The drug is steadily combined into illicit drugs made to appear to be prescription painkillers or different medicines.
The most up-to-date overdose occurred Saturday, and police are investigating whether or not these drugs had been associated to the Sept. 13 deadly overdose of Melanie Ramos in a restroom at Bernstein High School in Hollywood. The faculty was open that evening for soccer and volleyball video games, authorities mentioned.
She and a classmate purchased a capsule containing fentanyl from one other youth, believing it was the prescription painkiller Percocet, then took the drug on campus and lost consciousness, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore instructed the town Police Commission on Tuesday.
Earlier that day, paramedics responded to separate calls reporting attainable overdoses of two teenagers within the space of Lexington Park, lower than a half-mile (0.8 kilometer) from Bernstein High and a cluster of different schools. The teenagers are believed to have been college students on the schools.
Police final week arrested two boys, ages 15 and 16, in reference to Ramos’ demise and different drug gross sales within the space. The youthful boy was held on suspicion of manslaughter, police mentioned.
However, Moore mentioned the teenagers had been “simply pawns that are being used by adults and by drug trade organizations,” and authorities had been making an attempt to discover the provider.