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Posted on: March 15, 2022

DA Hoovler gives warning about recent school overdoses

District Attorney David Hoovler Joins Chief Dominick Blasko on behalf of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Orange County in Warning the Public about the Dangers of Substances Being Ingested by High School Students


Police Chiefs Association of Orange County and District Attorney’s Office Issue Warning about Recent Overdoses in Orange County High Schools involving THC and CBD Oils, “K2” and other Substances being ingested by Vaping


Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler and Town of Crawford Police Chief  Dominick Blasko, speaking on behalf of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Orange County, issued a warning to Orange County residents that there has been a recent alarming increase in Orange County High School students needing medical attention because they have ingested a variety of  substances, including synthetic marijuana, commonly called “K2” or “spice”, substances purporting to contain THC or CBD oils, as well as other synthetic substances which are being ingested through the use of electronic-cigarettes or “E- cigarettes”.   According to the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, E-cigarettes are sometimes called “e-cigs,” “vapes,” “e-hookahs,” “vape pens,” and “electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” Some e-cigarettes are disposable and look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.  Based on the recent uptick in overdoses for teenagers who are vaping, it is apparent that high concentrations or other dangerous substances have been introduced into the substances these high schoolers are ingesting. 


“For every parent and educator the health and safety of children and teenagers is of paramount importance,” said District Attorney Hoovler.  “It is imperative that young people be warned about dangerous substances by adults that they trust, and that responsible adults be vigilant in ensuring that those in their care are safe.” 


 “Medical Emergencies because of the ingestion of high concentration of THC and other substances through vaping or ingesting edibles is becoming an unfortunate trend in our schools and communities,” said Chief Blasko. “These alarming number of THC related medical emergencies should be a wakeup call for parents to further educate themselves and have a blunt discussions with young people about these dangerous and unregulated substances. “

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