AUSTIN (KXAN) — Overdose deaths continue to rise across the country, and many of the victims are teenagers, officials said at a public forum on Thursday.
“Most of the people I talk to are like what Narcan is,” said Akins High School student Chris Rezendes.
Chris decided to educate people about fentanyl and narcan for a school project, so he organized an event with a few other students.
“We had a class recently where we talked a lot about fentanyl, we talked a lot about narcano, we talked about the benefits and disadvantages and what people can do to help,” Chris said.
Recent deaths in Hays CISD have caused parts of Central Texas to take notice.
The Hayes County Sheriff’s Office said it has seen many overdoses and problems with fentanyl.
On Thursday, Eanes ISD organized a meeting with Hayes County officers to update parents and their children on what’s going on. They shared statistics and videos from families who have lost loved ones due to overdose.
“The killing propensity of these illegal drugs is a different story,” said Molly Mae of Eanes ISD.
“We are seeing this not only in the community, but also overdoses and poisonings on our campuses in Hayes County,” a speaker at the forum said.
“We really wanted to bring in some professionals and people with experience and expertise to speak directly to our families,” May said.
Rezendes said he hopes to continue educating other students his age about the risks of drug use, especially the risk of something containing fentanyl.
While Narcan can save a life, it may take multiple doses to save someone.