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Counterfeit vapes containing fentanyl are appearing across the United States. Here’s one particular case in Norwalk.

NORWALK, Conn. — Counterfeit vaping products containing fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, have appeared at schools in a city in the US state of Connecticut.

For this specific case, school and police department officials in the city of Norwalk say that a vaping product containing the drug has sickened several students at the Brien McMahon High School.

These officials said that they were only made aware of the incident on the afternoon of December 3, 2021.

“Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is sometimes sold through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect,” noted a spokesperson representing the Norwalk Public Schools district. This school district controls Brien McMahon High School’s affairs.

The police department added: “We intend to quickly bring a successful close to this case.”

The police department asks parents to be aware of vaping products’ dangers and discuss these dangers with their children.

Police officials said that they responded to the high school after school administrators submitted a report of a student requiring medical attention. The officers determined that more than one student had used the counterfeit product and that those students needed immediate medical treatment.

“Our message to anyone who is offered a vaping product, or uses a vaping product, that the liquid may be tainted with dangerous, and even deadly chemicals, and are just not worth it,” they said.

Cases involving vapes containing fentanyl in other educational settings appear across the United States.

For example, two school resource officers and a nurse were exposed to fentanyl from a student’s vape pen at the Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tenn., in the Southern United States.

“At Sequoyah High School this afternoon, school personnel and numerous other agencies responded to a situation that sent two school resource officers and one school system employee in for medical examination and treatment due to possible physical exposure to fentanyl,” said the head of schools for the local Tennessee country, Kristi Windsor.

“We have since been told that all three are stable,” Windsor said.

“Though federal privacy laws prevent us from sharing more specific information, we can confirm that a student has already been arrested in relation to this incident.”

There is no indication that the cases are connected.

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Michael McGrady is a columnist for Vaping Post's English edition. He is a critically acclaimed journalist with awards and recognition from across the industry. He was a finalist for ECigClick's annual vape awards in 2019 and 2020, a KAC Tobacco Harm Reduction Scholarship Fellow in 2019, among other honours. He is also the host of Vaping Weekly, the Post's podcast. All articles express his own opinion and do not necessarily reflect the Editor's view.