10 Los Angeles Middle School Students Treated for Possible Cannabis Overdose

Seven students were taken to a local hospital for treatment after possibly consuming an edible cannabis product.

10 Los Angeles Middle School Students Treated for Possible Cannabis Overdose

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Los Angeles, California – Ten Van Nuys Middle School students were evaluated Thursday morning after possibly overdosing on cannabis.

The students were ages 12 to 15, experienced mild to moderate symptoms, and seven of them were taken to a local hospital, reports KTLA and KABC. Authorities say the students were lethargic and had a glazed-over look. All of the hospitalized students were released from the hospital by Thursday evening, reports Fox6.

Authorities believe the students might have consumed edible cannabis, not fentanyl. An investigation is ongoing as to how the substance got on campus and into the hands of so many students.

The incident began at about 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, when first responders were called to the scene. The campus temporarily went into lockdown, and some parents rushed to the school. Despite the ordeal, classes continued that day.

“We take the health and safety of our students very seriously,” according to a statement from the Los Angeles Unified School District. “Every effort is made to ensure our students learn in a safe environment. Los Angeles Unified maintains an ongoing partnership with local health agencies, community partners and medical experts to provide training to school staff and education for our school communities.”

Back in September, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health issued a health alert about counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl after four adolescents were found overdosed following purchasing counterfeit narcotic pills at Lexington Park, including one student found dead on campus at Bernstein High School in Hollywood on September 13.

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Robin Hattersley Gray
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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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