Authorities and family members warn of dangers of fentanyl after overdose death at Bernstein High – NBC Los Angeles
The recent death of a high school student in Hollywood is being described as a wake-up call by police, parents and local school district leaders.
Melanie Ramos, 15, recently died in a bathroom at Bernstein High School in Hollywood after taking what she believed to be the prescription painkiller, Percocet. The pill was a counterfeit. Lab reports show it contained fentanyl. The Centers for Disease Control claim that fentanyl is fifty times more potent than morphine.
A teenager has died and three others are in hospital after getting their hands on the drugs that authorities say contained fentanyl. Mekahlo Medina reports for Today in Los Angeles on Friday, September 16, 2022.
Ramos’ death is among several local incidents labeled as poisonings by relatives and police. They all involve teenagers taking fake fentanyl-containing pills that are often purchased on social media apps.
The NBC4 I-Team found that fentanyl-related deaths in LA County increased by more than 1700% from 2016 to 2021. Most of the deaths are young people.
Several local school districts are urgently planning educational programs for students, staff and parents to raise awareness of the dangers of counterfeit pills.
NBC4’s I-Team will continue to follow this deadly trend.