Hartford, Conn. school closed Tue. after deadly fentanyl overdose

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Phoenix Division shows a closeup of fentanyl-laced sky blue pills. Police in small city on the U.S.-Mexico border say three students have been arrested for possessing fentanyl pills on campus, including one who had over 3,000 pills with her. San Luis, Arizona, police say two 18-year-old girls and a 16-year-old boy were arrested Wednesday, June 5, 2019 after an on-campus officer found them with pills. (Drug Enforcement Administration via AP, File)

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Phoenix Division shows a closeup of fentanyl-laced sky blue pills. (Drug Enforcement Administration via AP, File)

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UPDATED 10:17 AM PT – Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A school in Hartford, Connecticut remains closed on Tuesday after fentanyl contamination and a student’s death. On Monday school officials at the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy said testing did not meet the standard and the decontamination process on campus must be repeated.

This decision came after a 13-year-old student died in the hospital on Saturday of a fentanyl overdose after coming in contact with the drug during school last week. Mayor Luke Bronin said police officers will continue to investigate how students got a hold of such a large quantity of the drug.

At least 40 bags of fentanyl, which is 50 times stronger than heroin, were found across the school campus. Police officers believe another student gave the seventh grader the drug. This comes as health officials become increasingly concerned that teenagers are being targeted as criminals often disguise fentanyl pills as other drugs.

While speaking during an interview, the Vice President of Hartford Healthcare Addiction Services, Dr. J. Craig Allen, weighed in on the matter.

“These drugs that capture and hijack that system, this experimentation which 20, 30 years ago was ‘oh smoked a cigarette’ or ‘he drank a beer, let’s talk to him about it’ — it can kill you now,” explained the physician. “The rules have changed and that’s a tragedy.”

Meanwhile, Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez said counseling is being offered for students and staff.

The Hartford Public school will remain closed until no fentanyl detected inside the building. This comes at a time when authorities are seizing record numbers of fentanyl with numbers doubling at the border from 2020 to 2021.

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