Two students at Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood overdosed after purchasing drugs at a nearby park (Picture: WikiCommons)
A student died at a California high school after overdosing on opioids.
Los Angeles Police Department officers responded when a parent called 911 after finding their missing stepdaughter at Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood on Tuesday night.
The stepdaughter ‘appeared to be the victim of an overdose,’ the LAPD said. They told their parent that there was another student overdosing in the women’s bathroom.
The parent followed first aid instructions from a 911 operator, but by the time first responders from the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived at the scene the student, a 15-year-old, was already dead.
The other student was transported to a hospital and are in stable condition.
Following an investigation, LAPD determined that the students purchased what they thought was Percocet at nearby Lexington Park.
The LA Fire Department responded to two more overdoses from pills sold around Lexington Park that day.
Police said the other victims were students at local high schools, including Bernstein.
Police believe the students purchased pills laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid reportedly 500 times stronger than morphine.
‘It is common for drug dealers to lace pills with fentanyl,’ the LAPD stated. ‘Fentanyl is highly dangerous and deaths from this drug have increased in recent years.’
Los Angeles Unified School District announced that schools would have grief counselors on campuses following the incident.
‘As we work together with LAPD to uncover the details of this tragic situation, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of both students,’ the district stated.
‘It’s very easy to acquire and get drugs in high schools in general,’ a ninth-grade student at Bernstein told the Los Angeles Times. ‘Some kid might take it just like that and something bad could easily just happen — another overdose,’ they said.
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