ZCS Says Fentanyl may be Circulating in Vape Pens

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Zanesville City Schools have sent a letter home to the parents of high school students and all staff concerning vape pens contaminated with Fentanyl.

District Superintendent Doug Baker said that they have reason to believe that vape pens contaminated with Fentanyl are circulating among the student body.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid and is among the most common causes of overdose deaths.

In the letter the superintendent shared the signs of Fentanyl overdose which includes

  • Constricted, “pin-point” pupils
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Slow, weak or no breathing
  • Choking or gurgling sound
  • Limp body
  • Cold or clammy skin
  • Discolored skin, especially lips and nails

Dr. Baker said that if parents and children are in need of additional support regarding or addressing drug use they are encouraged to call Muskingum Behavioral Health or All-Well Behavioral Health Services.

If you have concerns about your child at school contact the building administration, guidance counselor or school nurse.

Dr. Baker said that vape pens are prohibited on school grounds and those in violation of the policy are subject to disciplinary consequences including expulsion.

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.