Ten Overdoses at 6 High Schools in Same County
November 3, 2023 | Virginia
When Loudoun County Public Schools held five fentanyl-awareness sessions in February and March, acting school division spokesman Daniel L. Adams wouldn’t say if any students had overdosed on fentanyl. He cited privacy concerns and not receiving “consistent follow-up information” from hospitals and parents.
But in a division-wide email to parents on Nov. 1, LCPS Superintendent Aaron C. Spence said there have been 10 non-fatal suspected overdoses at six of the school division’s 18 high schools since the school year began in August. He said suspected overdoses occurred at Briar Woods, Broad Run, Dominion, Loudoun County, Park View and Tuscarora high schools.
Spence defined the suspected overdoses as incidents that involved CPR, hospitalization, use of the overdose antidote naloxone, or a combination of the three. Spence said there four incidents requiring naloxone for the entire 2022-23 school year. Spence, who began as superintendent on Sept. 1, said the number of incidents are “concerning and distressing” and pledged to address them. (Excerpt from Loudoun Times-Mirror.)