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High schoolers’ overdose deaths leave a Central Texas town grappling with the opioid crisis

The deaths at Hays Consolidated Independent School District have sparked heartbreak, anger and calls for action.

At Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas, a poster warns about the dangers of fentanyl. Four students in the Hays Consolidated Independent School District, south of Austin, died from fentanyl overdoses in July and August.
Jeff Barnett, chief of police in Kyle, says fentanyl-laced pills are easily accessible online. “You could probably find a fentanyl-laced pill within five minutes on social media and probably arrange a meeting within the hour” with a dealer, Barnett says.
Since July, four students in the Hays Consolidated Independent School District in Central Texas have died from fentanyl overdoses.
At least one of the four students who died from a fentanyl overdose was a student at Lehman High School in Kyle.
Student artwork is on display at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas, in front of its health care department.

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