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‘One Pill Kills’: 15-year-old dies from one pill laced with fentanyl; purchased from classmate

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Just one pill killed 15-year-old Melanie Ramos at Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood. Friends and family say Ramos, to their knowledge, did not use drugs, but was killed by taking just one pill of a drug containing a deadly dose of fentanyl before her body was discovered in the school bathroom.

Ramos and a friend are believed to have purchased the plus from another 15-year-old male student at the school who has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

In addition to the 15-year-old suspect, a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of narcotics sales for allegedly selling pills at nearby Lexington Park on Tuesday to a third student, a 17-year-old boy from Hollywood High School. The identities of the arrested boys were not released because they are minors. They are students at Apex Academy, a charter school on the Bernstein campus.

Police said there was a fourth student who overdosed at the park, but her identity is not known.

In the aftermath, top city leaders — Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. Police Chief Michel Moore and schools Supt. Alberto Carvalho — have pledged urgent action as on-the-ground law-enforcement officials bluntly described the massive and dangerous influx of drugs. 

“One pill kills,” said LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza, who oversees the gang and narcotics division, adding that the term “fentanyl-laced” is a weak misnomer. “It is straight up fentanyl. It is not laced with fentanyl… We recovered hundreds, if not thousands, of pills a day; 10,000 pills every other day isn’t unusual” for drugs that are cheap to make and transport and “pushed hard by drug dealers and the cartels.” 

“Tell your children: You can’t tell if drugs contain fentanyl by look, taste, smell or touch,” Garcetti said. “A dealer may be a friend or so-called friend or classmate. They might not even know what substance they’re providing.”

Moore pledged swift justice up the distribution chain. “These were students selling to students,” Moore said, “and we’re looking for the people who are using them solely for their access to this campus.” He said that public awareness — leading to prevention — is the best strategy, but that it also would help to put school police on campus. 

 

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‘Mass poisoning:’ Officials seize 15,000 fentanyl pills disguised as candy

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“It’s a mass poisoning.” That’s what Derek Maltz, former DEA special operations director, is calling the fentanyl crisis. In an interview on Fox News, Maltz calls on parents to educate themselves, as the deadly drug is being disguised as candy.

Two Maryland men were charged with trafficking thousands of fentanyl pills that looked like popular candy into Connecticut, the Justice Department said Friday.

With Halloween just weeks away, Maltz wants parents to be warned that the deadly rainbow-colored pills may be marketed to children. During the recent seizure in Connecticut, officials seized 15,000 pills disguised as candy.  The drugs were stashed in Skittles and Nerds packaging, officials said.

“We’re seeing an unprecedented amount of kids dying as young as 13 years old,” Maltz said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.

“And we know now, the DEA says, that 40% of the pills contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl.”

Maltz confirmed cartels are taking advantage of teens’ obsession with the internet by selling the drugs on social media platforms. Maltz added that the children being targeted in these sales may not know any better.

 

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