Vape Device Containing Fentanyl, THC Found At North Scott High School
Officials from the North Scott Community School District have sent out a letter warning parents students about drugs being found in vape pens at the high school. The school district has seen an increase in the use of vape pens at North Scott High School. Officials want to make parents and students aware that vape devices can be laced with drugs without the user's knowledge, and remind them of the dangers of using vape pens and illegal drugs.
Over the weekend, a social media post containing a letter from the North Scott Community School District was trending in the Quad Cities area because of what the letter was addressing. The letter was a warning to parents and students about vaping devices being laced with the drug fentanyl and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which is the active ingredient in cannabis.
In the letter sent to parents and students on February 17, 2022, North Scott Community School District officials say they continue to see an increase in vaping in their schools. With that increase, officials wanted to share information about the drug fentanyl being found in some of those vape devices.
Depending on the amount ingested, the use of fentanyl can be fatal. School officials say that the main symptom associated with a fentanyl overdose is "respiratory failure and non-responsiveness." Fentanyl is typically laced with other narcotics, North Scott school officials say.
In the letter, North Scott Community School District officials say that a device commonly known as a "weed cart," was found at North Scott High School. The device was confiscated by the administration.
Officials said in the letter about the incident,
"A field test of the liquid in the device tested positive for THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) and fentanyl. This device will be sent to a label to confirm these results."
North Scott Community School District officials went on to encourage parents to talk with students about "the potential dangers of using vape pens and other illegal substances."
School officials said that vape devices across the country are being laced with the drug fentanyl. Local authorities in the Quad Cities have also reported an increase of laced devices like vape pens.
KWQC reached out to the North Scott Community School District and Superintendent Joe Stutting confirmed the letter and that the laced device was found.