REVERE, Mass. — A bag with a suspicious “powdery substance,” suspected to be Fentanyl, was found in Revere High School on Thursday and is now being tested by the police to confirm what it is, according to the Superintendent.
Revere Police will be conducting random and protective sweeps of the high school using trained K9 units multiple times in the coming weeks which may involve a “hold in place” requiring all students and staff to remain where they are while the dogs travel the hallways.
“We are working with the Police Department to plan the next steps to ensure there are no drugs in our schools and we are working with the Revere Department of Substance Use Disorder and Homeless Initiatives to plan educational programming for our students and families as well as for the larger Revere Community,” the school said in a statement on Friday. “Our goal is to ensure there are no drugs present and that our school community is safe for all.”
In the city of Revere and most surrounding communities in the region, Fentanyl is prevalent in almost all of the illicit narcotics recovered or seized by the police.
Fentanyl is a very potent and powerful synthetic opioid, most commonly found mixed with other recreational drugs. Fentanyl is predominantly found in heroin, cocaine, and many other counterfeit pills or tablets that users believe to be OxyContin, Xanax, and Klonopin among others.
The school committee along with Revere police and state officials are holding an emergency meeting on Monday, December 19th at 6 p.m. to provide information about opioids and Fentanyl as well as answer questions from participants. Here is the webinar link: https://tinyurl.com/m3edh36f
“ALL drugs are still illegal in school and on school grounds and students bringing drugs to school will face expulsion along with adults who will face termination,” according to the superintendent. “If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me at 781-286-8226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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