15-year-old girl dies, another found overdosing at Hollywood high school

A 15-year-old girl has died after two college students have been found struggling obvious overdoses at a Los Angeles high school Tuesday night, police mentioned. 

Los Angeles police mentioned there could also be extra circumstances after hearth officers responded to 2 different overdose calls close by, sparking concern over potential fentanyl-laced drugs.

Police responded to Helen Bernstein High School within the 1300 block of North Wilton Place in Hollywood for an overdose investigation round 9 p.m., after the school was closed.

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A father or mother whose stepdaughter was lacking found her at the high school and mentioned she gave the impression to be “a victim of an overdose,” police mentioned in a news release

The teen informed the father or mother {that a} pal was within the ladies’s restroom within the school. The father or mother found a school worker, entered the restroom and found the pal unresponsive from an obvious overdose, police mentioned.

The father or mother administered help to the sufferer, who was pronounced lifeless at the scene by the Los Angeles Fire Department. Her identify has not been launched pending household notification. 

The first sufferer was taken to a hospital, the place she is steady, police mentioned.

Both ladies have been 15, Lt. John Radtke of the West Bureau Homicide Unit mentioned. 

The two teenagers apparently tried to purchase Percocet at Lexington Park, a couple of half-mile south of the school, earlier within the day; after they ingested the drugs they instantly felt ailing and suffered an overdose, Radtke mentioned. 

Police later discovered that the fireplace division had two extra calls of overdoses within the space of Lexington Park. 

“It is believed that the overdose victims are students of Bernstein and local high schools,” police mentioned. 

Authorities are warning concerning the risks of drugs laced with fentanyl, an artificial opioid that’s as much as 50 occasions stronger than heroin. It was behind most drug overdose deaths final yr.

Most current fentanyl-related overdoses are linked to illicitly manufactured fentanyl, distributed by way of unlawful drug markets and infrequently added to different medicine due to its efficiency, in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The investigation continues, and anybody with data is requested to name West Bureau Homicide investigators. 

Bernstein High School was to be open for lessons Wednesday, with grief counselors on-site to assist college students and employees members, district officers mentioned.

The Los Angeles Unified School District mentioned in a statement Wednesday morning that it was conscious that “a pupil handed away” at the campus.

“We are working with the Los Angeles Police Department, the lead agency on this ongoing investigation, and at this point and due to confidentiality issues, we have no further information to share,” the assertion mentioned.

“As we work along with LAPD to uncover the small print of this tragic scenario, our ideas and prayers exit to the households and buddies of each college students,” the statement added.

NBC News has asked the school for comment. 

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