Loudoun County Public Schools is providing the following information as a resource for families. 

 

Dear LCPS Middle and High School Community,

 

The nation is facing a terrifying epidemic affecting many young people. Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid which is often added to other drugs that look like something else (e.g., Xanax, Adderall, Percocet, or oxycodone) has been in the news in recent days. Sadly, youth have lost their lives from substance use, particularly Fentanyl. Loudoun County Public Schools is providing the following information as a resource for families. 

 

Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. LCPS has Naloxone, also known as NARCAN® Nasal Spray, available at every secondary school in the division (high schools and middle schools) and personnel in each school are trained to administer this treatment. All School Resource Officers for LCSO and LPD carry it as well. LCPS is also expanding the number with upcoming trainings for Directors of School Counseling and Athletic Directors.

 

What is fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid typically used to treat patients with chronic severe pain or severe pain following surgery. Under the supervision of a licensed medical professional, fentanyl has legitimate medical use. However, illicit fentanyl is illegally made and sold as a powder, pills, liquid or nasal spray. Other drug products like marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or unlawfully sold medications thought to be prescription medicine may be laced with illicit fentanyl without the user's knowledge. A dose of fentanyl the size of the tip of a pencil is considered a lethal amount. 

 

What can you do?

We encourage families to communicate the dangers of fentanyl to your children and review the resources provided here. 

  • Talk to your children about the dangers of drugs and opioids by having regular and open conversations to discuss the risks. Educate them that ANY pill received from a friend, or purchased online, or on the street may counterfeit and could contain fentanyl.
  • Reinforce that they should only take pills prescribed by a physician, filled at a pharmacy and ensure they always remain in their possession.
  • If you have concerns about your child, please reach out to your school’s Student Assistance Specialist (SASs).

 

LCPS Actions & Resources:

  • Students learn about the dangers of drug and opioid use during health class.
  • Student Assistance Specialists have expertise in the mental health and substance-use fields. As members of the Unified Mental Health Team, student assistance specialists provide educational presentations for students and parents, individualized and group support, referral services, coordination with providers, staff development, and consultation with parents and staff.

 

LCPS Resources:

Loudoun County Resources

 

Websites:

 

We appreciate the support from our LCPS families, school staff and community as we work together to keep our students safe and healthy.

 

Asia R. Jones, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent
Department of Student Services





Published February 3, 2023