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Students to view documentary about fentanyl dangers

This school year during the annual anti-drug campaign Red Ribbon Week (beginning Oct. 25), Clovis Unified students in grades nine through 12 will be viewing a documentary in their Physical Education class about the dangers of fentanyl.

The ABC30 documentary, “Killer High: The Silent Crisis,” premiered locally on Saturday, Sept. 25, and features our law enforcement partners and District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp. It continues to stream on the ABC30 app on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. It will also air on National Geographic on Nov. 10 at 11:00 p.m. and will also stream on Nat Geo’s app. A trailer for the documentary can be viewed here: http://www.tinyurl.com/killerhighdocumentary  

Clovis Unified is strongly encouraging parents and guardians to watch the documentary as well, to inform parents about the dangers and prevalence of this drug and equip them with information for open conversations with their child.

According to Fresno County data, fentanyl-related deaths increased by 220% from 2019 to 2020. Although fentanyl is approved for prescription use in the U.S. to treat severe pain, “street” fentanyl is being sold through illegal drug trade. Drug dealers are connecting with high school, intermediate school, and even elementary school students through their phones. Social media and cash apps make it easy to contact and sell drugs that could take your child’s life.

Parents/guardians may check their email for more information about the documentary, and what to do if they do not want their student to view it in their PE class.