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Police Save Post Fall High School Student From Fentanyl Overdose

POST FALLS – On June 2nd, 2022, at approximately 9:40 A.M. Post Falls Police 911 center received a 911 call from the Post Falls High School reporting that a student was unconscious in the weight room of the school.

Post Falls School Resource Officer and Patrol Officers responded and arrived within 2 minutes of the 911 call. Officers found a juvenile student unconscious, barely breathing. Officers recognized that the juvenile was exhibiting signs of an opioid overdose and administered their department-issued Narcan to counteract any opioids in the student’s system. A short time later, Kootenai County Fire and Rescue arrived and continued to care for the student who was revived with an additional dose of Narcan.

The Post Falls Police School Resource Officer began an investigation into the incident and was quickly able to identify a student who possessed information about the overdose. That student was found to be in possession of suspected fentanyl pills that he had provided to the student who went unconscious. That student was taken into custody for distribution of a controlled substance and booked into juvenile detention. The investigation is still ongoing and more suspects may be identified.

Fake prescription pills are very prevalent in our area and have markings that make them look like prescription medication such as Oxycodone. Often these counterfeit pills are laced with a very powerful opioid such as Fentanyl which can be deadly in very small doses. The Post Falls Police Department urges parents to discuss the dangers of using narcotics that are purchased illegally. Below is a photo of a commonly found form of counterfeit pills.