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High school mourns loss of student who died from pill with ‘lethal amount’ of fentanyl

By Greg Payne and Greg Dailey

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    KANSAS CITY, Missouri (KCTV) — A sophomore student at Oak Park High School died Tuesday afternoon from a drug overdose.

Interim principal Dr. Chris McCann stated in a letter to parents that Ethan Everley had taken a pill he was unaware contained a lethal amount of fentanyl on Thursday evening, March 24.

McCann stated that student resources and support staff would be made available for students processing the tragedy.

If you feel your child or family needs resources or assistance while processing the information, McCann advised to use the following resources:

Synergy Youth Crisis Hotline: 816-741-8700 or 888-233-1639 Tri-County Mental Health Crisis Line: 888-279-8288

The school stated that Everley took the pill outside of school property.

A GoFundMe has been set up by the late student’s family to help with funeral costs.

The Kansas City Police Department has reported that between 2019 and 2020, the KC metro area saw a 149% increase in fentanyl overdose deaths, and the greatest at-risk age group is those aged 15-24 years old.

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