Sep 8, 2016 5:40 PM

School official calls NH student's overdose death a 'loss' in the war on drugs

PLAISTOW — A community is mourning the death of a 16-year-old high school student who died of a drug overdose.

READ: Student at Timberlane High in Plaistow dies after drug overdose

According to the Superintendent for SAU 55, a student at Timberlane High School died earlier this week. The school and police are not naming the girl, but she has been identified as a member of the junior class.

"People loved her and certainly we were happy to see her back at the beginning of the school year, and then to get this news, it really shook people, they really took it hard," said Superintendent Dr. Earl Metzler.

Plaistow Police told NH1 News they responded to a 911 call at a residence around 6 a.m. on Tuesday for a report of a person having difficulty breathing.

The school was notified that the student was in intensive care, and then notified students Wednesday that she had died, Metzler said.

The student’s family gave permission for the school to include in a letter sent to parents that the girl died of an overdose.

In the letter Principal Donald Woodworth said the school was providing resources for grieving students.

"The school counselors and administrators are providing support for those who express a need," the letter said.

There is also information on the school's website.

Metzler referred to the students death as a "loss" in the war on drugs.

"Anyone of us can be a victim. This drug crisis is one that has hit this state hard and I think it’s a war. It’s a war that we have to fight aggressively," Metzler said. "I think it’s political and it’s practical in some ways. Some of it is about the laws and regulations and services that we offer, or should be offering, and I think that conversation needs to continue and we really need a lot of help, not just in school districts but communities across the state."

Police have not said what kind of drug is suspected in the death.

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