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13-year-old boy suffers from fentanyl overdose in Connecticut school;  campus locked

Three seventh-graders were hospitalized after apparently being exposed to fentanyl at a Connecticut college Thursday, with a 13-year-old boy in “serious condition” from an overdose, officials said.

Drug Enforcement Administration, State Police and Hartford Police officers walked through the Academy of Sports Sciences and Medicine in Hartford after it was locked down, officials said, and drug sniffer dogs found several bags containing what an initial test said was fentanyl.

As the 13-year-old victim collapsed in a gymnasium, the drugs appear to have been taken elsewhere on campus, authorities said.

“The student is believed to have ingested something in the classroom,” Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez told reporters.

It was not immediately clear whether the school would be in session on Friday.

The other two seventh-graders were hospitalized for observation after being in a classroom with the collapsed teenager. A teacher suffering from a panic attack was offered support.

“Our whole community is praying for this hospitalized child and for his family. And even [I] have each parent speak with your children and make sure they know how serious and dangerous any unknown substance and drug can be, ”Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said.

“Please have this conversation tonight. We are talking about seventh graders. It’s never too early to have this conversation,” he said.

Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid that can cause respiratory distress and possibly death if the opioid antidote Narcan is not administered promptly.

Fentanyl is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the DEA, and many of its derivatives, such as carfentanil, are even more potent.

The drug contributes to 75 percent of drug overdose deaths in the United States, which topped 100,000 for the first time last year.

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