Hancock County HS

Tragic High School Overdose Spurs Fentanyl Awareness Sessions

Hancock County High School outside of Indianapolis is conducting fentanyl awareness sessions after a student overdosed and died earlier this year.

As reported by CBS 4 Indy, students in Hancock County high schools are getting special lessons this week to teach them the realities of opioid addiction and overdose.

The program, which is new for the county, comes after a student died earlier in 2018 from a fentanyl overdose.

The Hancock County Prosecutors Office, Community Health, and Overdose Lifeline are teaming up to reach hundreds of Hoosier students. The lessons focus specifically on heroin addiction prevention.

In January, 16-year-old Jacob Root died from a fentanyl overdose. 19-year-old Anna Southgate was charged with reckless homicide in the case. The tragedy is what sparked the prosecutor’s office to get involved with other local drug abuse prevention agencies to send a strong message to students.

They’re hoping to teach students easier ways to deal with stress, other than turning to pills, which can be gateway drugs to heroin.

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To read more about how one Indiana high school is fighting to prevent additional overdoses, please visit CBS4Indy.com.

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