Seven students hospitalized Thursday for a suspected drug overdose at a Los Angeles-area middle school are in stable condition and have been released, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) said in a statement Friday.
The students were sent to the hospital Thursday after experiencing “mild to moderate distress” following a suspected overdose of an unknown substance, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.
Officials “cannot confirm what substance was consumed,” LAUSD said in a statement. Out of “an abundance of caution,” the school requested medical assistance for the students, the district said.
But, the incident did not involve fentanyl, they added.
Authorities responded this morning (Thursday) to Van Nuys Middle School for reports of “multiple students with medical complaints”, According to a tweet from LAFD.
Ten students between the ages of 12 and 15 were evaluated for a suspected overdose and “were found to be in mild to moderate distress,” according to LAFD. Seven students were sent to hospitals specializing in pediatrics and three others were released.
Authorities and school staff “systematically searched all school grounds” to make sure no other sick students were accounted for, LAFD said.
The district said that despite the incident the school is “safe and open for instruction.”