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Franklin High School student dies of suspected drug overdose

A Portland Public Schools official said the death occurred over the weekend, and police said it occurred at an address that is not near a school.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Franklin High School student has died from a suspected fentanyl overdose, a Portland Public Schools official confirmed to KGW. The official said the student died over the weekend, but did did not share any other information about the death.

A Portland Police Bureau spokesman confirmed police are investigating the overdose death of a 15-year-old girl that occurred on Saturday morning, at an address that is not directly adjacent to any school. The Narcotics and Organized Crime unit is investigating, police said.

"She had her whole life ahead of her, and now her family is dealing with funerals and celebrations of life," said Michele Stroh, who lost her own son to a fentanyl overdose in 2020.

"I still look for my son," she said. "It's gonna be three years, I'll still stop ... can't text him, can't call him, can't share with him."

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Anyone with information about the case is asked to email crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 23-45295.

Fentanyl is a very strong opioid that is often produced illegally in Mexico and trafficked into the US in pill or powder form.

The drug has been to blame for an increasing number of fatal overdoses in Oregon, including in young people; it was behind more than 60 fatal overdoses in people under age 24 in the state in 2021.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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