Officials say some of the deaths of USC students in recent months are the result of drug overdoses.
Nine students have died since August 24, and most of the deaths have not been officially confirmed. But the sources that spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to comment, said that drug use is being investigated in some of these cases.
Investigators want to find out if any of the students' deaths are related to contaminated drugs – drugs that are touted as one thing but actually contain more powerful narcotics. The sources emphasized, however, that nothing had been specified. Autopsies and toxicology tests are still pending in a number of deaths, and university officials have asked the Los Angeles police for assistance with the cases.
In a letter to the students shortly after 22.00. On Tuesday, USC top officials warned of the dangers of opioid use and the mixture of drugs with other substances. The evidence suggests that at least some deaths could be the cause of corrupt drugs. According to one source, this is something that is being investigated by officials.
"We want you to be aware of the dangers of drug use. In particular, we want you to be informed about the dangers of opioid abuse. The effects of alcohol mixed with these drugs can be fatal. In addition to the direct effects of each substance, recreational drugs may be mixed with other substances to enhance the effect, sometimes without the user knowing. This practice is increasing and is associated with overdose and death, "it says in the letter.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioids and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are the leading cause of overdose deaths. In California, 2,31
The Letter from Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp and the Chief Health Officer to USC Students for Student Health Sarah Van Orman also addresses the continuing need for psychiatric services and notes the University's plans to increase resources at the University Increase campus by introducing a Department of Psychiatric Practice in the Student Health Center.
"We will continue to provide these services for your safety and well-being.
The suspected overdose is one of a series of student deaths, including three suicides.