Four other Alabama high school students who were hospitalised and one who passed away were probably exposed to fentanyl-laced items.
According to the Associated Press, police were summoned to Selma High School on Tuesday when several pupils started exhibiting symptoms of a health problem. One 16-year-old male sophomore student passed away and four others were brought to a nearby hospital.
Authorities started to believe that a painkiller that may have been laced with fentanyl was to blame for the death and hospitalizations, but Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson stated that detectives are awaiting an autopsy and toxicology result before coming to a definitive conclusion.
Jackson said, “It doesn’t take much to kill you,”
The four hospitalised college students should make a full recovery.
Zickeyous Byrd, the superintendent of the school, said that “an event of this magnitude” affected “us all,” not just one family, and did not subject children who skipped class on Wednesday as a consequence of the tragedy to punishment.
In the case, Mayor James Perkins Jr. cautioned against drawing hasty judgments since he was good friends with the 16-year-old victim.
“Because the deceased is a juvenile, I will not mention him by name. Simply understand that this death is very close to me, “According to Perkins’ statement. “I considered him a son.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl has emerged as the primary factor behind the U.S. opioid epidemic, accounting for around 75% of all drug overdose fatalities in recent years. The United States saw its first six-figure drug overdose death toll of more than 100,000 persons in 2021.
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