HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Overdose deaths continue to rise nationwide, and central Texas is also suffering.
Several Hays CISD students have died of fentanyl-related overdoses over the past year, and this has caused many to open their eyes to this growing problem.
The Hayes County Sheriff’s Office said it had responded to 37 fentanyl overdoses in 2022. These figures are for their agency only and do not include other city jurisdictions in the county.
With a growing number, the HCSO has made it their mission to educate anyone who is willing to listen.
“We’ve been going to high schools here in Hayes County, some high schools, if the school accepts us, we’re going to come,” HCSO deputy Anthony Hipolito said.
Hipólito has spent the past week talking to Westlake High School and plans to talk to other districts soon.
Narcan can save a life if someone overdoses, but Hipólito says some of the drugs they see are full of fentanyl.
“What we see is that when people overdose or get poisoned, one dose of Narcan doesn’t help because this fentanyl is so strong,” Hipólito said.
Hipolito says fentanyl can be compressed into pills that might look like Xanax or Percocet, but there are other problems.
“In talking to and talking to the DEA, they said they saw where the fentanyl was in those vapes,” Hipólito said. “So if he’s somewhere else in the country, it’s only a matter of time before he ends up here in Central Texas.”
Hipólito says they have not seen any liquid fentanyl cases in Hayes County at this time.