Texas school district confirms fourth student killed by fentanyl

Officials with the Hays Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) in Texas said Wednesday they lost another student to a fentanyl overdose.

Four students have now died from fentanyl or suspected fentanyl overdoses in the past few months, according to the school district, KVUE reported.

In a letter to the CISD family released Wednesday, school officials said an autopsy determined the student’s death, which occurred in early July, was due to an overdose of fentanyl:

His death, a precious 15-year-old, means that since the summer four CISD students in Hays have died of probable fentanyl poisoning. In the past week alone, we have heard of at least two CISD Hays students who have been given Narcan by paramedics, first responders or school nurses. One of the fentanyl poisoning suspects was on campus and the other was at a student’s home.

Each of our high schools has been affected by either a suspected fentanyl death or a serious overdose requiring Narcan. Some of our colleges have also had students affected.

A 15-year-old and two 17-year-olds from two high schools died over the summer months.

“Late July and early Austin [sic], the two 17-year-olds died in separate incidents at their home in Kyle. They would have been seniors in high school this year,” the KVUE report said, adding that a 15-year-old died of a suspected overdose in San Marcos last month.

The amount of fentanyl authorities seized across the country tripled in July, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data, Breitbart News reported Aug. 18.

The amount was enough to kill 469 million people.

“The Biden administration — they’re breaking the wrong kind of record,” Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said at the time.

“When you look at a 203% increase in these fentanyl seizures, when you look at the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border, the apprehensions that have escaped and ten from the list of known terrorists – that is something that should cause every American a great deal of concern,” she added.

Fentanyl is described as a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

In a social media post on August 29, Hays County Crime Stoppers said more than 16 fentanyl-related overdoses have occurred in the county:

Fentanyl has been the cause associated with the overdose deaths of at least 3 Hays CISD students in 2022. More than 16…

Posted by Hays County Crime Stoppers on Monday, August 29, 2022

“Hays County Crime Stoppers is asking for your help in locating fugitives selling fentanyl,” the post read.


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