Riverhead Police Department headquarters in January 2021. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Riverhead Police detectives have determined that none of the recent suspected overdoses at Riverhead High School involved the deadly synthetic opioid Fentanyl, police said in a press release this afternoon.

Police said after “a thorough investigation into the suspected overdoses” on Feb. 4 and 10, detectives have determined that neither suspected overdose involved Fentanyl, illicit narcotics or alcohol.

Detectives have also determined that Fentanyl was “not a factor” in a student falling ill after eating a THC chocolate candy bar at the high school Feb. 14. The investigation into that incident remains ongoing, police said.

“Parents are strongly urged to have a conversation with their children about the dangers of drug use, as well as nicotine and vaping products, and to seek help if needed. There are psychologists, social workers and school counselors available at the school. There is additional information for parents on the RESOURCE page on the Riverhead CAP website at riverheadcap.org,” police said in the press release.

The Riverhead Police Department continues to investigate all suspected overdoses, the release said. Police urge anyone with additional information to call the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500 x 312 or the Riverhead Police Department Crime Hotline at 631-727-3333. All calls will be kept confidential, police said.

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