SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Scottsdale police released information on Monday morning regarding a drug arrest involving a student at Notre Dame Preparatory High School.

On Feb. 6, police responded to a medical call at a Scottsdale home. When officers arrived, they found a 17-year-old boy unconscious and unresponsive. Police determined his symptoms were consistent with an opioid overdose.

According to police, multiple doses of Narcan were administered to the Notre Dame student who was then transported to an area hospital. He's expected to make a full recovery.

During the investigation, Scottsdale police learned the teen obtained the pill from another Notre Dame student. Police are not able to say if the drugs were exchanged on school grounds. 

Police said that a third student may have also gotten one of the pills so officers tracked him down and determined he was fine. He denied ever taking pills.

On Feb. 7, Scottsdale police followed up at the school, located at 98th Street and Bell Road. At the time, it was learned that school officials detained a 16-year-old student who allegedly provided the pill to his fellow student, the overdose victim.

Police searched the 16-year-old's vehicle and found seven pills and additional drug paraphernalia.

One Notre Dame parent didn't seem too phased by the news and said she, "wasn't shocked because it's a great school... and every school has their issues." She said she's glad the suspect was caught.

The student who allegedly provided the drugs was placed under arrest and a search warrant was served at this house. Police found two more pills at his home.

Scottsdale police have determined the pills are counterfeit prescription narcotics that contain fentanyl.

The note Notre Dame Prep High School sent to parents last week has been shared with other school districts like the Scottsdale Unified School District and Paradise Valley Unified School District. 

Scottsdale police officer Kevin Watts wanted to settle down social media rumors today and clarified there's no indication additional pills were given to other students.

The name of the suspect has not been released, due to his age.

"He has not been cooperative as far as telling us how this all transpired," said Watts. "All we know is he is the one that provided that narcotic."

Watts encourages parents to take this as an opportunity to talk to their kids about the dangers of drugs. 

Stephanie Siete, a spokeswoman for Community Bridges, a behavioral health and drug treatment network, agrees. Community Bridges has its own teen rehab program called UnScript in Scottsdale. 

"Fentanyl is in the Valley and students have access to it. They (parents) should be on heightened alert and be talking to all of their kids," said Siete.

"You never take an unknown substance. If someone reaches into a bag and gives you a pill, you really don't know what that is or where it came from."

She said parents need to educate themselves about how extremely dangerous this drug can be. 

"Fentanyl is an extreme opioid. It's the most potent opiod you're going to find," she explained. "You're talking about a drug that can permanently put you to sleep in one use. You wouldn't even get to see the signs. Someone could try it once and never wake up again."


Copyright 2019 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.



Recommended for you

(2) comments

Big Rich

"Scottsdale police have determined the pills are counterfeit prescription narcotics contain fentanyl.", what is the missing word?......this makes no sense.


Should be charged with attempted murder and charged as an adult. Until dealers are treated severely nothing will change.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.