City of Laguna Beach News

Inaccurate Reporting of Fentanyl Deaths

Post Date:05/23/2023

LAGUNA BEACH, CA – A recent neighborhood post on Nextdoor inaccurately states that there have been “six fentanyl-related deaths in Laguna Beach this past week,” including a student at Laguna Beach High School. The post, found in the “Laguna Beach Only Neighbors” group indicates that this information stemmed from a recent meeting at the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club.* This information is inaccurate, misleading and has created an exaggerated community concern. The person who posted the erroneous information has been notified directly but has not removed the post.

The Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) has confirmed that there have been no fentanyl-related deaths involving a high-school student. Sadly, two separate suspected fentanyl-related deaths of older adult men did occur in Laguna Beach this month.

Fentanyl and the dangers associated with this dangerous drug are a nationwide concern and should not be taken lightly. The Laguna Beach Police Department (LBPD) and the LBUSD work closely together to ensure that students receive education about the dangers of fentanyl. The LBPD School Resource Officer has worked with school staff to provide fentanyl education to our students and parents throughout the school year.

We will continue to work closely with our community partners to keep the Laguna Beach community safe, educated, and informed.

*Clarification: the inaccurate information was relayed by a guest at the recent Women's Club social event.  The guest disseminated the misinformation and the Women's Club had nothing to do with it.     

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