Scottsdale police issue public warning following teenage opioid overdose, arrest

The Scottsdale Police Department responded to a local teenager’s overdose from counterfeit prescription narcotics containing fentanyl. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

A Scottsdale teenager has made a full recovery from a suspected opioid overdose followed by the arrest of a second teenager, Scottsdale Police Department officials say.

On Monday, Feb. 10, the Scottsdale Police Department issued a statement to address rumors circulating via social media.

“Over the course of the past weekend numerous rumors have circulated via social media reference a drug overdose and arrest involving students who attend Scottsdale’s Notre Dame Preparatory High School,” Officer Kevin Watts said in a prepared statement. “To provide an accurate account of the incident we would like to share the following.”

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, at approximately 11:20 p.m. Scottsdale patrol officers responded to a medical call at a Scottsdale residence. Arriving officers contacted a 17-year-old male subject who was unconscious and unresponsive, Mr. Watts said.

“It was determined that his signs and symptoms were consistent with an opioid overdose,” Mr. Watts said. “Officers as well as responding Scottsdale Fire personnel then administered multiple doses of Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan and transported the student to an area hospital where he made a full recovery.”

According to Mr. Watts, it was learned through investigation that the teen, a student at NDP, had obtained the pill from another student and that a third student may have also obtained one. A welfare check of the third student found him to be fine, but he denied ever having any pills.

The following morning, Feb. 7, Scottsdale police school resource officers conducted a follow up at the school. At that time, it was learned that school officials had detained a 16-year-old male student who had been identified as the subject who had provided the pill to the overdose victim.

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“A search of the student’s vehicle was conducted by school officials which yielded seven pills and additional drug paraphernalia,” Mr. Watts said. “The student and items from the search were turned over to the Scottsdale officer.”

The male student was placed under arrest for possession of narcotic drugs and a search warrant was served on his residence, Mr. Watts said. That search revealed an additional two pills.

The subject was later released pending further evidence testing and charges through the Maricopa County Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office.

“At this point in the investigation it has been determined that the pills found in the possession of the teen suspect are counterfeit prescription narcotics containing fentanyl,” Mr. Watts said. “We have no indication that there have been additional pills transferred to any other students.”

Mr. Watts said NDP staff and administration have been fully cooperative with the ongoing investigation, and the names of the students involved are not being released based on their juvenile status.

The investigation is ongoing, he said.

“In closing, we would like to take the opportunity to remind families to discuss with their kids the dangers of taking illegal drugs as well as prescription medications not prescribed to them. This incident could have been much more tragic and taken the life of a young man far too soon,” Mr. Watts said.

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