Portland police: Two teens die of suspected overdoses from pills laced with fentanyl
PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - Portland police say two teenagers have died of suspected accidental overdoses from pills laced with fentanyl.
PPB says officers responded to the suspected overdoses of two teenagers, one Sunday and another Monday.
Officers say they found fentanyl pills, commonly known as M-30s, with the teenager who died of a suspected accidental overdose on Sunday. On Monday, officers responded to the death of another teen who also had suspected fentanyl pills.
The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, but toxicology reports take longer to process so this is preliminary information from police.
“The loss of the life of a child is beyond tragic, especially when it is suspected to be through something that is so preventable. We will do everything we can to further this investigation, but we also need the community’s assistance in spreading the word that these illegal pills can kill. Even just one pill is lethal,” Deputy Portland Police Chief Mike Frome said in a statement:
Police are not releasing the names of the two teen victims at this time, but they were both students at McDaniel High School in Portland.
“We know this news is a shock, and we want to let you know that multiple resources are available for our students and staff as we process this news,” said Adam Skyles, Principal of McDaniel High School, in a statement.
Portland Public Schools addressed the situation as well, calling the deaths a tragedy and addressing substance abuse in their community.
Students and community members can anonymously report concerns about substances circulating in the community at safeoregon.com
Students can also reach out for help at the Multnomah County Crisis Line 503-988-4888
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